General Health, Women & Pregnancy

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Although prevalence in women over 50 is biggest risk group, young women in their 20’s & 30’s are increasingly being diagnosed. Survival rates continue to improve with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving 5 or more years beyond diagnosis. Early detection, intervention & proactive treatment are THE BEST ways to beat it!

Discuss & share important information with your family, friends & colleagues. Awareness is our best defense!

Changes to look for in breasts include:

– new lump or lumpiness, especially if only in one breast

– change in the size or shape of your breast

– change to the nipple; crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion

– nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing

– change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling

– unusual pain that doesn’t go away.

**Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your medical doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.**

Creating awareness is an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer & the impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

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