Breast cancer awareness

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast cancer Awareness month. We all may have known a family member, friend, or coworker who was affected by some type of cancer. It is not a wonderful thing to go through physically, mentally, or financially; but the main purpose of this article is to get people to get checked early & get the support team they need. It doesn't have to be a death sentence. There have been many that have been blessed to be cancer survivors. I'm grateful for the ones I know & don't know who survived. They may one day become advocates & help someone else through the journey.

 Women or men can be affected by breast cancer; therefore, make sure you & family members be aware of your body & any changes that may occur by doing a breast self-exam

Breast Cancer Investigation

It is recommended to get a mammogram and a breast exam. They are the best ways to catch cancer at an earlier stage & that gives a better chance for survival. You may want to get both done, because sometimes the mammogram may miss something that the breast exam shows & vise-Versa.

Breast Cancer Investigation
Breast Cancer Investigation

Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

According to, "The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A mass that is painless, hard, and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. " They also state that :

"Other possible signs of breast cancer include:

-Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
-Skin irritation or dimpling
-Breast or nipple pain
-Nipple retraction (turning inward)
-Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
-Nipple discharge other than breast milk"

A lot of us wear the pink ribbon, as we do in the salon, but let's also take the time to think about the effects this horrible disease may have on each person & their family. They may lose hair when going through this; therefore, be kind to people that you see wearing wigs, hair extensions, or that have less hair than you. You don't know what that person has been through. We should give them a smile & take time to talk to them sometimes. We get caught up in our own activities & family in this busy world, & forget to make time to show people we care. Therefore, I ask that you do regular checks & get mammograms; as well as, check on other friends & family that are going through the process. Let's be our brother & sister's keeper as much as we can. Learn the Symptoms & diagnosis of cancer. Be blessed & don't take life for granted.

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