October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Show you care — for yourself!
Early breast cancer detection makes a world of difference, and here’s why you should care.
Why getting to know your breasts is so important:
  • 4 out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer found a lump in their breast themselves.1 So noticing any changes in your breasts can make a difference.
  • There are 9 signs of breast cancer—a breast lump is just one of them! Get to know your breasts and get to know the 9, especially if you haven’t had your annual mammogram this year.2, 3, 4
  • Early detection is the key to the successful treatment of breast cancer. You’ll have more options the earlier the cancer is found.5
  • According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%?6
In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to prioritize yourself and take control of your health.
You can start by scheduling your annual mammogram. Breast cancer caught early gives you more treatment options and the peace of mind that you’re taking care of yourself. And don’t forget to get to know your breasts.
That’s how you show you care, for yourself!
Know the Nine!
Here are the 9 signs that can signal breast cancer:
  1. A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
  2. A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
  3. A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
  4. A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
  5. A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple such as dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed.
  6. Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
  7. A change in shape or position of the nipple, such as an inverted nipple.
  8. An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
  9. A marble-like hardened area under the skin.
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References: 1. 2020 Johns Hopkins Medicine 2. 2020 American Cancer Society 3. 2020 CDC 4. 2020 ASCO 5. 2020 Johns Hopkins Medicine 6. 2020 American Cancer Society