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October 08, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 

Many countries have an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease that mainly affects women. Early detection can help reduce the severity of breast cancer. Keep healthy by carrying out your monthly self-examinations, and see your doctor for your regular check. In some countries, such checks are subsidized by the government. 

Signs of breast cancer can be: 

  • Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  • A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast  (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  • A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
  • Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
  • Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange

References: 

Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore 

National Breast Cancer Foundation USA

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