October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Facts You Should Know
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month a great time to schedule your yearly mammogram, the test used to detect the disease. Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated. It is typically detected either during a screening examination, before symptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump. It’s important to get yourself checked annually by a medical professional, and to lead a healthy lifestyle every day.
BREAST CANCER SYMPTOMS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, and the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity (and a small percent of men develop breast cancer too). It is very important, therefore, to follow recommended detection and screening guidelines at an early stage.
Symptoms may include:
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
- Pain in any area of the breast.
The Affordable Care Act requires that most private health insurance plans provide preventive health services without charging you a co-payment or coinsurance. See below for more information.
REDUCE YOUR RISK
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food” – Genesis 1:29
Along with getting your regular check-ups and doing self exams, God wants us to be proactive about our health. Research shows that what we eat may be key to staying healthy. Diets which are high in vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts and low in sugars, alcohol, meats, and processed foods hold the keys to good health according to many experts.
To help to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, the American Cancer Society says:
You can read more about reducing your risk of breast cancer HERE, and please click the links below.
5 FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER
Please see the following 5 important facts about breast cancer below, and download additional information about breast cancer, its statistics, and getting checked in the attached links:
- One in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Please download the American Cancer Society’s infographic about getting a mammogram HERE.
- Breast cancer cells can grow out of control before any symptoms of breast cancer appear. Please download the National Cancer Institute’s free Understanding Breast Changes booklet HERE.
- It is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage. Please see the American Cancer Society’s Facts & Figures 2019-20 HERE.
- African American women who develop breast cancer are more likely to die from it than women of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Please download the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s pdf titled “The Perfect Storm” highlighting the breast cancer disparities among African American women HERE.
- Getting a mammogram is an important step to keeping and monitoring the health of your breasts. Please click HERE to find out if you qualify for low-or-no-cost mammograms in your area.
Affordable Care Act – For affordable health insurance coverage nation-wide, call 1-800-318-2596. Healthcare.gov.
American Cancer Society – 1-800-ACS-2345. Cancer.org
National Cancer Institute – 1-800-4-CANCER. Cancer.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Cancer Prevention and Control – CDC.gov
AARP for those over 50. Includes discounts, resources, and a dedicated newsletter for African American women called Sisters From AARP. AARP.com.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Find additional resources and information in the vestibule after Sunday services at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Stop by the table in the lobby, visit our web and social sites, or contact the church office for information on resources, advances in medicine, and ways to join the fight against Breast Cancer.
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