Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For those of you who weren’t aware, October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer, which is why it’s essential for us to increase our awareness of its symptoms and the treatment options available for people with breast cancer. Symptoms of breast cancer include swelling of the breasts, formation of lumps in the underarm area or on the breasts (usually painless), nipple retraction and/or discharge, dimpling, and scaliness of the nipple or breast skin. Although most of these symptoms do not definitively point towards breast cancer, it is important to get yourself checked early to clear the possibility of it being breast cancer, or for early diagnosis to prevent the cancer from spreading or aggravating.

*Do note that although men have a lower risk of getting breast cancer, it’s possible for a person of any gender to get it.

Resources:

What is breast cancer: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/what-is-breast-cancer

Risk factors: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-risk-factors

        http://www.bcf.org.sg/awareness/risk-factors-protecting-yourself

Myths and Truths: http://www.bcf.org.sg/awareness/myths-and-truth

Treatment: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-treatment

What we can do to help: http://bcf.org.sg/be-a-bcf-volunteer

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