October is the breast cancer awareness month.
It is dedicated to increase the significance of early detection of breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast.
Today, breast cancer is the most common cancer type among women and you have fifteen percent chances of developing breast cancer in your lifetime although you lead a healthy lifestyle.
Breast cancer is so common that for every two minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with a cancer in the breast.
In 2007, it is estimated that 211,000 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,910 women are expected to die from breast cancer. Breast cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death among women.
Previously, the occurrence of breast cancer in women was one out of every twenty, but now it has increased to one out of every eight.
Although breast cancer rate is increasing every year, it can be treated successfully if detected in the early stages. For this, you need to have breast cancer awareness.
Having breast cancer awareness can save your life from developing breast cancer in the future and also increases the breast cancer survival rate.
For having breast cancer awareness, it is essential to have knowledge about breast cancer symptoms. Breast lump is the major sign of breast cancer.
Lump in the armpit, changes in the shape, color and size of the breasts, discharge from the nipple, breast pain, bone pain, weight loss, shortness of breath are some of the breast cancer symptoms.
Self-examination of breast is a simple and best method for breast cancer detection. Examining the breast every month is a good practice and an essential factor to include in your monthly health care schedule.
Although most of the breast cancer occurs over thirty-five years, it is good to start examining your breasts from puberty.
Self-examinations of breast are simple procedures that can be performed at home to check the lumps in the breasts, changes in the appearance, color, and shape of your breasts.
Also, check your nipple for the changes in the skin, abnormal nipple discharge or a rash in the nipple area.
Another method to detect breast cancer is to have mammogram. Mammogram is a simple and most effective test for detecting the changes in the breasts. It is recommended to have mammogram regularly for every three years or one year.
With breast cancer awareness, you can easily find the changes in your breast and diagnose the condition in early stages. Moreover, early diagnosis has increased the breast cancer treatment success rate to more than ninety percent.
For having breast cancer awareness, you also need to know about the treatment option for breast cancer. The treatment of breast cancer is based on the type and area of the breast cancer, your age and overall health condition.
Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy are the treatment options for breast cancer. In some cases, combinations of these are used for the treatment.