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#17: “Every Breasts Matters”

Updated: Mar 22, 2023


Y’all know what today is, it’s #WomenWednesday! (Woop, Woop!) Whether your breasts are big, small, bigger than the other, smaller than the other, pointy, or slouchy, ladies AND gentlemen, every breasts matter. Today, I decided to make a major pit stop from “Let’s Talk About Her” series to acknowledge one of the major health awareness when it comes women and even men as well which is Breast Cancer Awareness. The month of October is also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Why October? That’s a good question for all of us to find out lol But according to World Health Organization aka WHO, “The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.” Wanna be a part of movement? There are TONS of volunteer opportunities and events for all of us participate or even to give a donation into the organizations that are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. So I will do my best to share it and post it on my social media to get all of us informed and INVOLVED throughout the month of October. To learn more information, check out www.nationalbreastcancer.org

 

UNDERSTANDING BREAST CANCER

“Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast Cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread(metastasize) to other areas of the body.” (Source: National Breast Cancer Organization, Inc.)


WAIT A MINUTE, MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER TOO!?!

YES, you read that right, Breast cancer does not discriminate against gender! “All people, whether male or female, are born with some breast cells and tissue. Even though males do not develop milk-producing breasts, a man’s breast cells and tissue can still develop cancer. Even so, male breast cancer is very rare. Less than 1% of all breast cancer easily develop in men, and only one in a thousand men will ever be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple-areola.” (Source: National Breast Cancer Organization, Inc.)


DEBUNKING SOME RUMORS ABOUT BREAST CANCER


1. Myth: Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer

Here is the truth: Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening mammograms.


2. Myth: If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too

So Here’s The Truth: While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically, only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

  1. If you have a first degree relative with breast cancer: If you have a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50, you should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.

  2. If you have a second degree relative with breast cancer: If you have had a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases slightly, but it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with breast cancer.

  3. If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family, or if there are several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene contributing to the cause of this familial history.



Is that all the information? Of course not! Lol To learn more information, please check out www.nationalbreastcancer.org


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