Most of us know someone who has had breast cancer or someone who has a family member who has had the disease. Currently, breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here in Little Roseberry we take the opportunity to share valuable information so that you are better aware.
As with other types of cancer, the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. According to CDC statistics, the average age at which a woman is diagnosed with this condition is 61 years and for men the diagnosis is usually between 60 and 70 years of age. It should be noted that breast cancer does not only affect women; it also affects men. However, the incidence of this type of cancer in men is significantly lower than in women.
Some of the risk factors for breast cancer are: older age, having your first period at an early age, never having gotten pregnant or getting pregnant later in life, going through menopause after age 55, being overweight later past menopause, using oral contraceptives, having a personal or family history of breast cancer, having received radiation therapy before age 30, and drinking alcohol.
Inheriting certain genetic mutations, such as those that have been identified in the genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2, also increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean that you will definitely suffer from the condition, what it implies is that the chances of suffering from breast cancer are higher. Similarly, there are patients who do not have any of these factors and yet suffer from the condition. Knowing this information and sharing it is crucial to increasing breast cancer awareness and the importance of getting mammograms frequently.
In simple words, breast cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of the cells that make up the breast tissue. Some of the signs that may occur include: a new lump in the breast or under the arm (near the armpit area), breast swelling, "dimpling" in the breast, redness in the breast area, retraction of the breast nipple, nipple discharge (excluding breast milk), pain in the breast area, or any change in breast shape or size.
Although these could be signs of breast cancer, it is important to keep in mind that other non-cancerous conditions can also present some of these symptoms. Nor can we forget that what may be normal for a woman, may not be normal for someone else. Additionally, throughout a woman's life, the appearance and texture of her breasts change with her period, having children, or gaining and losing weight.
What can we do to reduce the risk of breast cancer? Some options are: maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, not drinking or limiting alcohol, avoiding exposure to agents that can cause cancer, breastfeeding when having children, and limiting radiation exposure.
One way to identify this type of cancer is by performing a screening test known as a mammogram. This is a type of X-ray that can detect small tumors that cannot be felt. Mammograms should be every 1-2 years in women 40-49 years old and every 2 years in women 50-74 years old. The age at which to start and the frequency at which mammograms should be performed may vary depending on the specific risk factors of each woman. For this reason, it is important to consult with your doctor about when you should start having your mammogram.
Getting mammograms frequently will not prevent you from developing breast cancer, but it does help identify the condition at an early stage, which increases the chances of successful treatment. The earlier a cancerous lesion is identified, the greater the probability that it has not spread beyond the breast and therefore can be treated with less invasive surgery and with better results.
It is of the utmost importance that we do not limit ourselves to the prevention of this type of cancer, it is also crucial that we provide our support to cancer patients and survivors. In Little Roseberry we want to spread some positivity of our own by giving you a PROMO CODE to use for the remainder of the month.
If you'd like to save 15% off on our Two Packs for Little Roseberry Hair Gel for Kids and Hair Detangler for Kids, use the code BCAM15. Make sure you use it today, through October 29 and share with those you care about the most!
Please share with us any inspiring stories you have on our social media. Also, you can check out our blog about WAYS TO SHOW APPRECIATION TO THE CANCER SURVIVOR IN YOUR LIFE.
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