Breast Cancer Awareness

October is the month we get to annually recognize and increase awareness for Breast Cancer, a disease that one in eight women will suffer from in the United States alone. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in US women. The disease has now cemented itself as a widespread issue in our country.

A few goals of this awareness month are to equip women with education about the disease and offer support to those who are currently under treatment for this life-altering cancer. So we’ve gathered together some resources as we support and champion the nurses, the doctors, and the patients who daily journey through the ups and downs of Breast Cancer.

A few facts to know about breast cancer:

85% of breast cancer occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer. Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common — less than 1% Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonlydiagnosed cancer among American women.

The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50-75 years.

Some warning signs to be aware of:

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit area).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin on the breast or nipple area.
  • A pulling in of or pain in the nipple area.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

A few things to help prevent breast cancer and catch it early:

  • Exercise & eat well
  • Sleep at least 6-8 hours a night
  • Limit alcohol intake to one glass per day
  • Receive a breast cancer screening as recommended by your doctor
  • Have regular check-ins with your doctor
  • Read more here

We hear countless stories of friends and family members who have experienced this disease. Our hearts are burdened for them as they walk the road of cancer and we are so thankful for the doctors and nurses who carry us through the hard days. Let’s continue to encourage each other and be sure to let us know if you have any other tips in the comments below!

Alyssa McNally