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With the end of October right behind us, I would like to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is an annual international health campaign made to increase awareness of the disease. To specify that October is the month for Breast Cancer Awareness, we wear pink to show our support.

Breast cancer begins when cells in one’s breast begin to grow out of control. The cells form a tumor that can be malignant if the cells invade the surrounding tissues and spread to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer can start from different parts in the breasts. Many people aren’t aware that men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. However, the disease is more common in women.

It is imperative that we know and understand the symptoms of breast cancer. Symptoms of breast cancer may include: 1) A new lump in the breast or underarm, 2) thickening or swelling in part of the breast, 3) irritation or dimpling of breast skin, 4)redness or flaky skin in the nipple area, 5) pain in the nipple area, 6) change in breast size or shape, and 7) any pain in the breasts.

To lower your risks of getting breast cancer, here’s what you should do!

  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercising

  • Know your family history of breast cancer

  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

About 1 in 8 of women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. This means that for every 8 women who lives in the U.S up to the age of 85 will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Speak with your doctor. Determine your risks. Then talk with your mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and best friend! Go get a mammogram!! And remember, always think PINK!!!

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