Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to spread awareness and normalize openly talking about it. Breast cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. It can affect women and men but is more common in women. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, mostly occurring in middle-aged to older women. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, there are a few things to look out for in regards to Breast cancer, such as, “Skin changes, such as swelling, redness, or other visible differences in one or both breasts, an increase in size or change in the shape of the breast(s), changes in the appearance of one or both nipples, nipple discharge other than breast milk, general pain in/on any part of the breast, [and] lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast.” There are many other symptoms to this and if you are feeling some then it is better to check it out than risk it.

There are also ways to help reduce the risk of getting this cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, limiting alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, breastfeeding, and limiting postmenopausal hormone therapy all can reduce the chances of someone getting Breast Cancer. Knowledge on this topic can only be beneficial to yourself and the others around you. Take some time to ask questions and add to your knowledge of the topic.

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