Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every October to increase awareness about this disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and treatment. Breast cancer is a common cancer in woman and it is quite common in India with over a million cases recorded each other. Recently, it was discovered that hair dyes could raise of breast cancer (according Professor Kefah Mokbel, a breast cancer surgeon at the Princess Grace Hospital in London).
Here are 6 things you may not be aware of breast cancer.
1. You Are Never Too Young For Breast CancerUnfortunately, women in their 20s/30s/40s can and do get breast cancer. Some factors like genetics and family history can play a role in your risk.
2. Not Always A LumpBreast cancer most often presents itself as a lump in the breast. But what people don’t realize that there are other signs to look out for. These include itchiness of the breast, redness or swelling, puckering of the skin, and changes in the nipple.
3. Breast Cancer Isn’t Just One DiseaseThere isn’t just one kind of breast cancer. There are many types and subtypes, such as HER2-positive, estrogen-positive, triple-negative, invasive, non-invasive, and inflammatory breast cancer.
4. Most Self-Detected Lumps That Turn Out To Be Breast Cancer Are Found During Normal Routines Such As Showering Or Getting DressedKnowing the landscape of your body and noticing slight changes is always wise. Becoming familiar with one’s breasts can help detect breast cancers.
5. Mammography Is Not PreventionDespite popular misconception, Mammography is a screening test to detect cancer already present in the breast. Getting regular mammograms won’t prevent you from getting breast cancer. It won’t always detect the disease.
6. Men Can Get Breast Cancer TooYes, you read it right. The lifetime risk for men getting breast cancer is almost 1 in 10000. Although it is rare, it’s still important for men to be breast aware, especially those with a family history or genetic mutation, or those who received radiation to the chest area.
Every woman and mean should know the basic facts about breast cancer because the earlier the disease is diagnosed, the more likely she/he is to survive.