As the month of October comes to an end, MCGL wanted to take a moment to recap what we have learned over the past month about Breast Cancer.
- Breast Cancer affects 1 out of 8 women and is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women worldwide.
- Breast Cancer is formed by malignant cells found in the breast tissue. Although exact causes are unknown as to why one women may have cancer and others do not, we do know women with certain risk factors are more likely to develop the disease.
- Genetic Factors: gender, age, race, family history, personal Health, menstrual and reproductive history, dense breast tissue.
- Environmental and Lifestyle Risk Factors: lack of physical activity, poor diet, overweight or obese, drinking alcohol, radiation to the chest, combined hormone replacement therapy.
- Common Myths about developing Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer is not caused by microwaves, cell phones, underwire bras, mammograms, caffeine or plastic food serving containers.
If you were able to schedule your annual mammogram that’s great, but if not make a commitment to yourself to do so before the end of the year. Meanwhile, you can always conduct a self-exam by following these 5 simple guidelines;
1) Do a visual exam of both breast by standing in the mirror. Make sure both breast are the evenly shaped, same size, and color. There should be no visible distortion or swelling.
2) Raise arms and look for the same characteristics.
3) Look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples.
4) Feel breasts while lying down, using your right hand feel your left breast and then use your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm circular motion, keep fingers flat as you press each breast following the same pattern.
5) Feel each breast when sitting and standing. Use the same motion and pattern noted in step 4.