Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Below are a couple of myths about breast cancer that we should all be aware of.

1.  THE BREAST CANCER MYTH

Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

THE TRUTH

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening  mammograms.

2.  THE BREAST CANCER MYTH

Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.

THE TRUTH

Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

All information courtesy of http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-breast-cancer