Every October you see the pink ribbons and hear about Breast Cancer Awareness, but are you actually being aware of your risk and taking measures for early detection? Each year over 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s more than wearing pink for a month, in order to prevent yourself from being one of over 40,000 women in the United States dying of breast cancer each year, you need to take action and keep up with your breast health all year long.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?There are signs and symptoms of breast cancer that everyone should be aware of, however the presence of these do not automatically mean you have breast cancer. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, always speak to a healthcare professional to be sure.
- A change in the appearance of your breast or nipple, such as dimpling on the breast, breast swelling or shrinkage (especially if only on one breast), or red, scaly or swollen skin on the nipple, areola or breast.
- Nipple discharge, especially clear or bloody.
- A change in the feel of your breast or nipple, such as breast tenderness, change in the texture of the skin or lumping.For more information on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org