Breast Cancer Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to promote preventative care, raise funds for cancer research and conduct a breast self-exam. One in eight women develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, making breast cancer an extremely prevalent health concern. While it is not as common, men are able to contract breast cancer as well. In fact, about 2,550 new cases are predicted to be diagnosed in men in 2018. Breast cancer death rates are higher for women in the U.S. than for any other cancer, other than lung cancer. Although 85% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer, having a first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) almost doubles the risk of breast cancer (breastcancer.org). Despite high prevalence, early detection of breast cancer can make all the difference. Approximately six out of every 10 cases are diagnosed at the localized stage; the five-year survival rate for these cases is 99% (American Cancer Society).
This month thousands of organizations will promote awareness and raise money for breast cancer research. Georgia State University is committed to raising breast cancer awareness and sharing self-exam techniques which directly impact the survival rates of those living with breast cancer. In addition, students can receive a breast examination at the Georgia State Student Health Clinic.
Georgia State University Student Health Promotion provides instructional tabling events and presentations demonstrating how to conduct a breast self-exam.
Below are some ways to promote breast cancer awareness for yourself and others:
- Hard mass in breast with irregular edges
- Swelling of all or part of a breast
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple turning inward
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge
Learn how to complete a self breast exam.
Visit the American Cancer Society for more information.