Breast Cancer Awareness

Tayo Omoniyi, Staff Reporter

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October will always be known as the time millions will go to the store in search for candy, costumes and more. However, there is another important event this month. October is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness month. This goal is to help patients of breast cancer, their families, and spread the campaign for women to take steps toward preventing the disease. Breast cancer is a disease that occurs when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells can form tumors, or lumps, that can prove to be either benign, or harmless, or malignant. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women.

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump or mass in the breast. Other symptoms include swelling of all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, breast or nipple pain, nipples retracting (turning inward), redness, scaliness, thickening of the breast skin, nipple discharge other than breast milk.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women or 12% will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. For males, the estimate is 1 in 1,000 men will get some form of breast cancer in their lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 252, 710 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year alone. There will also be about 2,470 men diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. The organization also estimates that another 40, 610 women and 460 men will die of breast cancer this year. Currently, there are about 3.1 million survivors of breast cancer in the United States.

Even though breast cancer does have a profound affect on women and is rare in men, it is most commonly found in adult women. However, it is important to routinely practice self-breast exams to make sure you don’t have a lump.

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