All the pink you’re seeing in October can only mean one thing – it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We’re doing our part by sharing our best tips and health guidance, as well as some local ways you can get active for the cause.
Did you know?
- Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among American women (skin cancer is the most common… don’t forget your SPF)
- Each year, more than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 42,000 women die in the United States
- Men can also get breast cancer – it’s just not as common in men as it is in women
- About one out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed are found in men
- Most breast cancers are found in women over the age of 50, but that doesn’t mean younger women can’t get breast cancer (learn more about early detection)
Signs & Symptoms
- Change in size or shape of the breast
- Pain in any area of the breast
- Nipple discharge
- Any new lump in the breast or under
Please keep in mind that there are different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people have no symptoms at all. If you have any of these signs, make an appointment to see your doctor right away!
How To Get Involved
Do not delay your screenings because of COVID-19. Screenings can help detect cancer early on, so do not delay. Routine mammograms are just one part of the process. Monthly self-checks are recommended for all and advanced imaging may even be recommended based on your health history. If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your doctor about the potential of genetic counseling and testing to better determine your risk factors.
Locally, Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast usually holds its annual walk each October. Because of COVID-19, they have had to pivot and go virtual. Their newly reimagined event, the “Together We Thrive” Gala, will now be held Saturday, October 10, 2020. If you’re able to do so, make plans to attend or donate to the cause this month! You can also become a volunteer, thanks to several volunteer opportunities at the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Learn more here.
Have questions or concerns about breast cancer? We’re here for you! Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens this month at CAS Premier Health at Triangle Family Care.