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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, as in years past, FCMG joins many other local, regional, and national organizations in raising awareness of breast cancer in hope that doing so will help encourage breast cancer risk assessments, utilization of mammograms if appropriate, early diagnosis, effective treatment, and continued research of breast cancer. We also encourage our women patients of all ages, races, and backgrounds to speak with their FCMG care provider to determine their risk of breast cancer, discuss the suitability of regular mammograms, discuss any symptoms or warning signs, or explore referral and treatment options if a breast cancer diagnosis is suspected.

Did you know?

  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime—that’s one person every 12 minutes in the U.S.
  • The two greatest risk factors of breast cancer are being female and getting older.
  • In 2021, it is estimated that 43,600 women and 530 men in the U.S. will die from breast cancer.

Symptoms (source: CDC)

Different women have different symptoms, while others experience no signs or symptoms at all. While bearing in mind that symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not related to cancer, some common warning signs of breast cancer include:

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.

Additional resources to learn more or get involved:

  • Susan G Komen website
  • Breast Cancer Now website
  • National Breast Cancer Fondation website
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website