Hey Mama… your family needs you.
Sadly, many of us know someone who has experience with breast cancer or have experience with it ourselves. In fact, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. That seems like a daunting number, which is why educating yourself and doing regular breast exams in critical.
As a healthcare resource right here in your community, we want you to know: your family needs you. Learn how to spot the signs of breast cancer, practice self-checks, and know when it’s time to seek care.
Here’s what you need to know:
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. It’s usually painless, hard, and has irregular edges. But other symptoms include swelling, breast or nipple pain, discharge, or swollen lymph nodes.
- Early detection is key! Follow the recommended guidelines for regular screening, and be sure to stay on top of your monthly self-checks. Not sure how? Here’s a guide.
- Know your risk. Depending on your age and health history, you may be at higher risk for breast cancer. Talk with your family and ask questions about their health or consider genetic testing to learn more about your risk factors.
- Get help when you need it. Susan G. Komen suggests seeing a health care provider if you:
- Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from the rest of your breast
- Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from your other breast
- Feel something that’s different from what you felt before
If you are ever in doubt, check it out. Don’t let your symptoms go unchecked! If something about your body seems off, get in touch with your doctor.
With all the right prevention measures and treatments, your family will have you for years to come.
They need you, mama!