Breast Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American cancer society, in 2022, there will be an estimated 1.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 609,360 cancer deaths in the United States. Breast cancer is not unique to women, although rare, men get breast cancer too. About 1 out of 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States are found in a man.
For some people, breast cancer is challenging to spot on time because it may not show any noticeable signs, especially in the early stages.
However, when spotted early, it can be treated and the person gets to live a long and healthy life.
It’s another year to raise awareness of breast cancer. While we already know what breast cancer is, here are some frequently asked questions about breast cancer.
What are the symptoms of Breast cancer?
While some don’t show any symptoms, some symptoms are:
- Changes in the shape or size of the breast
- Pain in the nipple area or any part of the breast
- Irritation or dimpling signs on breast skin
- Redness around the nipple area or breast
- Discharge from the nipple when not breastfeeding
- A new lump in the breast or underarm.
If you have any of the above signs, don’t conclude that you have breast cancer; instead, book an appointment with your doctor immediately.
What are the primary factors that put me at risk?
- Being a woman
- Age, most breast cancers are seen in women 50 years or older. However, younger women are also affected.
- Changes in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
How can I lower my risk?
- Maintain a healthy weight and exercise routinely
- Avoid alcohol or drink moderately
- If you are on hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills, speak with your doctor about the risks
- Breastfeed your children (if possible).