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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

In October we celebrate “National Breast Cancer Prevention” which is the topic I would like to share with you today.

Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer is most common among women but it also occurs in men. Of the women who develop breast cancer, however, 80 % have no family history.

What is breast cancer? It is the development of abnormal cells and clusters of such cells. These cells are different from normal, healthy cells. In most cases the reason for this is unknown. Some theories are that smoking can be a reason but it is not clear. Most lumps are not cancer. There is only one way to find out and that is to see a doctor about it.

The most important thing a woman can do for herself is self-examination. Finding cancer early can save your life. The second most important thing to do is get a mammogram once a year. The third most important thing to do is get a clinical exam once a year.

Breast cancer is quite rare below the age of 30 and becomes more common towards 40.

Mammography is a specialized x-ray of the breast which can distinguish between benign and cancerous lumps. Having a mammogram is easier than you think and also gives great peace of mind.

Do yourself and your family a favor and get a mammogram this month.

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to have a good memory.”

 

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