Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can spread into surrounding tissues or expand to different areas of the body. Whether you’ve experienced breast cancer yourself or have known a loved one, it affects millions of people every year.
According to Breastcancer.org: “One in eight women will find themselves diagnosed in their lives. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide effort to raise recognition and education on breast cancer. We believe that being educated on breast cancer has the power to save lives. “
Some symptoms to be aware of are:
- Family history
- A lump or mass in the breast
- Change in breast color
- Increase in breast size over a short period
- Skin irritation around the breast area
- Nipple turning inward
- Lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone
If you notice any of these alarming symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. There are ways to reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, women who stay active, limit alcohol, and maintain a healthy weight are less likely to get breast cancer. Lastly, mammograms are another form of protection against breast cancer. A mammogram is an X-ray to examine the human breast for diagnosis and screening. The goal of mammography is to detect breast cancer at an early stage.
We are taking measures to educate our employees and clients on the importance of breast cancer education. Senior Benefit Services wants to highlight the month of October to honor the fighters, survivors, and the ones who we lost too soon.
Written by Daniela Correa