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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? It is a staggering fact, but it is true. You may think that a cancer diagnosis is automatically fatal, but it does not have to be especially if it is caught early.

With that being said, the National Breast Cancer Foundation has made it a mission to educate women and even men on the symptoms and signs of breast cancer. Many of the symptoms of breast cancer have to do with a change in feel or appearance of the breast and surrounding area. These symptoms can include an unusual lump in or near the breast or in the underarm area and an unexplained change in the size of the breast. For a more detailed explanation of the signs and symptoms please got to www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

If any of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer have occurred, then make sure to go straight to the doctor. Early detection is key when it comes to any type of cancer and if it is caught early enough then there are many more options that can be explored in treating the cancer.

No cancer is 100% preventable, but there are several ways that you can reduce your risk of developing it. A healthy diet and constant physical activity are always great things and can greatly help to reduce your risk of cancer. Limiting your consumption of alcohol and not smoking can also play an important role in reducing your risk of developing cancer.

Cancer seems like a scary thing, but if you stay current on your physicals, doctors’ check-ups and yearly breast exams then cancer doesn’t have to be scary. Visit your doctor to talk about your risk of developing breast cancer and your options at helping to reduce that risk. You can also visit www.earlydetectionplan.org to create an early detection plan that works best for you.

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