Know Your Status: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Updated: Nov 7

Breast cancer facts:

  • Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.

  • More than 200,000 cases are diagnosed in the country every year.

  • It requires a medical diagnosis and is treatable by a medical professional. Breast cancer can occur in women and rarely in men.

  • Treatment depends on the stage of cancer, and may consist of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes.

  • Discomfort in breast.

  • Inverted nipple.

  • Lumps in breast.

  • Nipple discharge.

  • Change in the size, shape or appearance of breast.

  • Redness.

  • Changes to the skin over the breast.

Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include:

  • Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer.

  • Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you get older.

  • Personal history of breast cancer. If you have had breast cancer in one breast, you have a much greater risk of developing cancer in the other breast.

  • Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased greatly.

  • Obesity. Being obese greatly increases your risk of breast cancer.

  • Family history of breast cancer. If the women in your family were diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age, your risk of breast cancer is increased.

  • Inherited genes. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children.

  • Drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.

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