Everyday more and more people all over the world are diagnosed with breast cancer. It would be hard to find someone that hasn’t personally been affected, or doesn’t know someone affected by breast cancer. Here at Freedom Home Care we know this type of cancer can be one of the most testing as it doesn’t target a specific age group, race, or religion. Its victims, while mostly female, can also be male. The American Cancer Society states that 232,340 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
According to statistics from Susan G. Komen one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Although the prospect can be scary, there are plenty of survivors who have fought the disease and battled back from their diagnosis. At Freedom Home Care we know breast cancer is a danger that can’t be ignored, and with the proper steps women can help protect themselves and spread awareness to others.
While the Susan G. Komen website recommends regular mammograms, a self-check at home is also a great way to help alert you to any issues. The following warning symptoms can be identified with a home breast exam and can assist in early detection. All symptoms differ from person to person, but if you experience any of these symptoms below it is best to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Breast Cancer
- Irritated skin with scaling or a rash
- Discharge from the breast/nipple
- Dimpling of skin on the breast
- Lumps or thickening in the breast or underarm area
- Painful spot(s) that won’t go away
- Changes in size or shape that are abnormal in the breast
- Darkening or swelling of the breast
While these are known symptoms of breast cancer they can also be signs of other breast conditions unrelated to cancer. Women who have a history of the disease in their family are considered more likely to develop breast cancer and should speak with their doctor regarding preventative checkups.
Here at Freedom Home Care we are committed to health and proper care for you and your family. Breast Cancer affects millions of men and women around the world, and during the month of October we encourage everyone to help spread awareness. Organize a fundraiser, volunteer, or join a breast cancer walk. Little steps toward raising awareness can make a big impact.