OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
We have all heard of breast cancer and the majority of us know the pink ribbon that represents breast cancer awareness but did you know that men can also get breast cancer! Breast cancer in men is rare, in fact, less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men. In 2017, about 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with it is about 1 in 1,000. (info taken from http://breastcancer.org)
It's important to understand the risk for male breast cancer, as men are not routinely screened for the disease and do not think that it is a possibility to get it. As a result, breast cancer tends to be more advanced in men that in woman when first detected!
For both men and woman, it is important to regularly check your breasts. Get to know them, be your breasts best friend. Early diagnosis could make a life-saving difference and with more public awareness and research, men will learn - just like woman - that they need to go to their doctor as soon as they notice any changes to them.
[These symptoms are more often caused by other medicals conditions, but if you have any of them it is important to see your doctor]
Breast Lumps: Sometimes finding a lump is the first symptom, but 9 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, meaning it is not cancer.
Change in Size, Shape or Feel: Get to know your boobies! Know the shape, size and feel of them. If they appear to have changed, go and speak to your doctor. Don't forget, many woman notice changes during or before their period.
Breast Pain: Breast pain is very common and not normally due to cancer, it can be caused by exercise or your periods. If the pain is continuous, go to see your doctor.
Skin Changes: Skin changes includes puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin around the breast. The skin might look like orange peel or the texture might feel different. This can of course, can be caused by other conditions, but always put your mind at rest by speaking to your doctor.
Nipple Changes: One nipple might turn in or sink into the breast, it might look or feel different to usual.
Nipple Fluid: Fluid leaking from a nipple in a woman who is not pregnant or breast feeding can be a sign of cancer, but it can also be caused by other medical conditions.
The above symptoms also apply to men.
(All info taken from http://cancerresearchuk.org )
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