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Posted on October 1, 2011 by Christine Crosby in Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We’ve all lost someone dear to breast cancer. To support the fight against this dread disease, lots of activities are going on this month and next.

Facts to know:

  • 1 woman in 8 will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • 95 percent of new cases and 97 percent of breast cancer deaths (2000-2004) occurred in women aged 40 and older (“Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2007-2008.” Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. [https://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/BCFF-Final.pdf].)
  • Good news: Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990. These decreases (especially in women younger than 50) are believed to be the result of earlier detection and improved treatment. A decline in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be responsible in part for the decrease in breast cancer incidence [https://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_1x_what_are_the_key_statistics_for_breast_cancer_5.asp].

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include these:

  • A  breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
  • Bloody discharge from the nipple
  • Change in the size or shape of a breast
  • Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
  • Inverted nipple
  • Peeling or flaking

-Mayo Clinic [https://mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/DS00328/DSECTION=symptoms]

Lifestyle choices that may reduce risk factors:

  • Decrease your daily fat intake
  • Increase fiber in your diet
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Limit alcohol
  • Stay active
  • Don’t smoke

-National Breast Cancer Awareness Month [https://www.nbcam.org/patient_questions_answers.cfm]

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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