A 5-minute frisk can save your life.
Typically, breast cancer cells start in the ducts, small milk producing sacs or lobules. In this earliest stage, the cancer can only be detected through image screening using mammogram, ultrasound or MRI technology. In the beginning, there may be no symptoms. So self-screen, and get intimate with your GP through regular check ups…
Do the five-minute fondle!
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Symptoms of breast cancer include lumps of any size or hardness; swelling in the breast, chest, or arm area; a painful nipple or any change to the nipple, including discharge; and breast skin that is red, scaly, or dimpled. It cannot be prevented, you can reduce your risk through a healthy lifestyle, including a diet consisting of lots of fruit and vegetables, little red meat, reduced fat,and no alcohol. Regular exercise can also lower an individual’s risk for breast cancer. A family history of breast cancer, genetic testing can alert you to be more vigilant and in some cases take measures to further reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Here’s what to look for:
The Canadian Cancer Society has published the following statistics about breast cancer (for more information, visit http://www.cancer.ca):
- MEN and women can get breast cancer. If you have breasts, you are susceptible!
- In 2011, an estimated 23,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- 5,100 women (22% of women diagnosed) will die from it
- An estimated 190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- 55 will die of it -an almost 30% mortality rate
- On average, 64 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 14 die of it. EVERY DAY.
- One in nine women will likely develop breast cancer during their lifetime – one in 29 will die of it.
The good news? Breast cancer death rates have declined in every age group since the mid-1980s.
Breasts are fantastic, fun. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Play with them, get to know them, and encourage your partner to do the same. You could have the time of your life!