Breast Cancer Awareness

Updated 12-20-2021

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Breast  Cancer

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 their health checked early and get the support team they need. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness

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 and don't know who survived. They may one day become advocates and help someone else through the journey.

Women or men can be affected by breast cancer; therefore, make sure you and your family members be aware of your body and 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 and 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 and vise-Versa.

Breast Cancer Investigation
Breast Cancer Investigation

Symptoms Of Breast Cancer

A woman should check her breast each month for any lumps or changes. One common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. The mass can be painless, hard, and have irregular edges. 

According to the CDC,

Some warning signs of breast cancer are— 

  • 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.

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 and their family. 

Breast Cancer Hair Loss

A person that has developed breast cancer may lose hair when going through Chemotherapy. 

According to Breast cancer now,

Chemotherapy drugs target rapidly dividing cells, so they damage some healthy cells as well as cancer cells. The healthy cells damaged include the cells in the hair follicles, which is why chemotherapy can make your hair fall out. As well as the hair on your head, this can also affect your body hair including eyebrows, eyelashes and pubic hair, and chest hair for men
Not all chemotherapy will make your hair fall out. "

Therefore, be kind to people that you see wearing wigs or hair extensions to enhance their appearance. Breast cancer patients may have less hair to style than they had before cancer entered their body, so be considerate of any challenges they are going through in life.  

Be there for a cancer Patient

We should smile at people and take the opportunity to communicate with them. Find out what's going on in their life, and what you can do to help. 

More times than not, we get caught up in our activities and daily family life in this hectic world and forget to take a moment to show people we care. 

Mammograms help detect breast cancer

Therefore, I ask that you perform regular examinations of your body and get mammograms, as well as check on other colleagues and relatives that are advancing through the process. 

Let's be our brother and sister's keeper as much as we can. Learn the Symptoms & diagnosis of cancer. 

Be blessed and don't take life for granted.

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Breast cancer awareness

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