October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
(Left to Right): Brenda Hobbs (Breast Cancer Survivor!), Carole Cowles, Robyn Terry, and Nikki Stefanow.
On October 18th, FYI staff and volunteers wore PINK to honor Brenda and all those who are impacted or affected by Breast Cancer. Each year, over 240,000 individuals are diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
From the CDC:
Many factors over the course of a lifetime can influence your breast cancer risk. You can’t change some factors, such as getting older or your family history, but you can help lower your risk of breast cancer by taking care of your health in the following ways—
Keep a healthy weight.
Be physically active.
Choose not to drink alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation.
If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
Breastfeed your children, if possible.
If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risk.
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all.
Some warning signs of breast cancer are—
New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
Pain in any area of the breast.
Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.
If you have any signs or symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away.