Local sorority works to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Published 10:28 am Monday, October 31, 2016

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a fact that will increase awareness about breast cancer.

Although there are some factors that increase the risk of getting breast cancer such as family history or getting older, there are some factors that can help lower the risk of breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these factors include:

Keeping a healthy weight;

Exercising regularly (at least four hours a week);

Avoiding consumption of alcohol or limiting alcoholic drinks to nor more than one per day;

Avoiding exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer and chemicals that interfere with the normal function of the body;

Limiting exposure to radiation from medical imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans and PET scans if not medically necessary;

Being aware of risks when you are taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills; and

Breastfeeding any children you may have, if possible

The CDC indicates that being healthy throughout your life will lower your risk of developing cancer and improve your chances of surviving cancer if it occurs.

Although rare, men can get breast cancer because they have breast tissue. Unlike women, men often delay going to the doctor because of being embarrassed about a change in their breast or chest area or not seeing it as important. According to American Cancer Society, any change in the breast, chest area or nipple can be a warning sign of breast cancer in men such as:

Lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast, chest or underarm area (usually painless, but may be tender);

Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin of the breast;

Change in the size or shape of the breast;

Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple;

Pulling in of the nipple (inverted nipple) or other parts of the breast; and

Nipple discharge (rare).

Similar to breast cancer detected in women, survival is highest when breast cancer is found early. If you notice any warning signs or other changes in your breast, chest, or nipple, see a doctor immediately.

This informative announcement is sponsored by

The Ahoskie Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.