Each year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is promoted through countries worldwide. This month, MedicAlert remembers those who have lost their lives to breast cancer; and recognizes the importance of standing beside our loved ones and others who are currently battling this life-threatening disease.
Breast Cancer continues to be the second most common kind of cancer in women. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer during their lifetime. An estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among American women this year alone; and about 2,360 new cases are projected in men.
The Importance of Early Detection
The medical industry has yet to pinpoint the specific cause of breast cancer. Although most people are aware of the possibility of breast cancer; many neglect to take necessary steps to have a plan in place for early detection
It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. If an abnormality is discovered it should not be dismissed, and be immediately examined by a healthcare professional.
When performing frequent and routine self-breast exams, you are more accurately able to notice any abnormal changes in your breast.
Recognizing Common Signs & Symptoms
The National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages you to be aware of anything unusual when performing self-breast exams including some of the following:
●Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
●A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of ores in the skin of the breast
●A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
●Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
●Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
●Take not of any milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding. Although this is not directly linked with breast cancer- should be checked by your doctor.
For additional signs and symptoms of possible breast cancer, MedicAlert encourages you to visit NBCF
Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
As with any cancer; prevention starts with leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Mayo Clinic offers helpful steps that you and your loved ones can take toward breast cancer prevention.
Although risk factors such as family history cannot be avoided, healthy lifestyle choices can help reduce your risk.
· Limit alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. If you choose to drink alcohol — including beer, wine or liquor — limit yourself to no more than one drink a day.
· Don't smoke. Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women.
· Control your weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if obesity occurs later in life, particularly after menopause.
· Be physically active. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer.
Wearing Your MedicAlert Medical ID
Ensure that you or your loved ones will receive remarkable medical treatment during an emergency. When wearing a medical ID; first responders can be made instantly aware of your specific medical condition and medication needs.
Your MedicAlert medical ID will connect emergency personnel directly to your Personal Electronic Health Record. MedicAlert offers a wide range of medical ID bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories to fit the comfort of your lifestyle.