Understanding Breast Cancer

October 19th, 2018

Each October, many charities, research organizations, medical institutions, and individuals participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to spread the word about the need for early detection and proper treatment for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Understandably, most people prefer not to dwell on their cancer risk or entertain thoughts of what might happen if they were diagnosed, but the reality is that breast cancer will affect roughly 1 in 8 women born today. It is second only to skin cancer in prevalence among American women. Even if you personally never experience a breast cancer diagnosis, the odds are someone you know personally will be affected by the disease. Even men can experience a breast cancer diagnosis, although it is rare.

As in the case of any disease, where breast cancer is concerned, knowledge is power. Some women have at least a basic understanding of breast cancer risks, symptoms, and detection techniques, but a vast number lack this important and lifesaving information. Thankfully, there are many free resources available online from organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the CDC, and others which, used in conjunction with your doctor’s advice, can be very helpful as you learn about your risks and any other developments which may arise.

Most women can survive breast cancer if it is detected and treated early enough. You can increase your likelihood of early detection by learning how to perform regular self-breast examinations as well as by discussing with your physician the benefits and risks of regular mammogram screenings. Liberty HealthShare is not a healthcare provider and we do not give medical advice. Instead, we encourage you to find and cultivate a relationship with a trusted physician with whom you can choose the best strategy for the prevention and detection of disease. Consider taking time this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to schedule an appointment with him or her!

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