Breast Cancer: The need to develop an Early Detection Plan

Breast Cancer:  The need to develop an Early Detection Plan

Every October is an opportunity to share awareness of the disease of Breast Cancer.

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.  Although most women have heard of breast cancer, many do not take the steps necessary to detect the disease in its early stages.  A lot of progress has been made to date with this disease, but there is still a long way to go.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
  • According to the National Cancer Institute, when detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%

What does an early detection plan involve?

  • Symptoms & Signs
    Early warning signs of breast cancer may involve the discovery of a new lump or a change in the breast tissue or skin.
  • Perform a Breast Self-Exam
    Women should perform a self-breast exam each month and any changes or abnormalities should be discussed with their physician.
  • Clinical Breast Exam
    A clinical breast exam is performed by a qualified nurse or doctor, as part of your yearly checkup or when you notice something and bring it to their attention. They will check for lumps or other physical changes in the breast that may need to be investigated.
  • Mammogram
    A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas.
  • Early Detection Plan application
    An Early Detection Plan enables you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to do monthly breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.  See the link below to access this free tool.
  • Healthy Habits
    Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce your risk factors for breast cancer and other illnesses.

Why do you need an early detection plan?

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. They encourage women to create their early detection plan which will provide them with reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule their clinical breast exams and mammograms based on their age and health history.

Sign up here…it’s free!

There are also other ways to create awareness:

  • Write your own information blog as I have done.
  • Volunteer here
  • Previously in my college professor role, I would share this video with each new group of students…here is the 2014 Pink Glove Dance competition winner…watch it, It is a WOW!

 

Information to support this content was provided in part by:
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
nbcf.org | 972.248.9200 | bwalford@nbcf.org

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