do you know?  are you aware?

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The American Cancer Society estimates that 268,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2019.  268,000 women and/or men.  Yes, men are included in this statistic.

early detection and early treatment is key!

Stay ahead of things by performing a monthly breast self-exam. Not sure how? Click here for a flyer outlining what you need to know!

There are certain risk factors that you cannot control but many that you can.
Those you can:
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Stay physically active.
  • Discuss with your Primary Care Physician the use of estrogen and progestin hormone therapy if you have used for greater than 5 years.
  • Discuss with your Primary Care Physician if you were given the drug DES when pregnant.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
  • Do monthly breast exams - click here to view attached instructions.
  • Get regular Mammograms
Those you cannot:
  • Advancing age
  • Family/Genetic history
  • Previous diagnosis of breast cancer
  • “Mammographically dense” breast tissue
  • Radiation therapy before age 30

Signs or symptoms to report to your Primary Care Physician...

Any of these do not mean you have breast cancer but you should report them to your doctor for evaluation.
  • A new lump on the breast or under your arm
  • Thickening or swelling of the breast
  • Irritation, dimpling (orange peel look) of breast skin
  • Change in nipple size or shape.
  • Nipple discharge or pain
  • Change in the breast that you know is not normal for you

We all have someone in our lives who has been touched by breast cancer. It takes great courage to be a cancer survivor. Recently an old friend called me to tell me she had recurring breast cancer. We talked.  We cried. Then she told me “I am more than a survivor. I am a Thriver. I may not like what has been dealt to me but I will thrive with what life I have.” My friend lived each day to the fullest with her new normal. She did not survive but she did THRIVE. To all the Thrivers out there we are AWARE.