Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021 is held during October in many Countries. Schedule your routine mammogram and breast check today.

Breast Awareness

What is breast awareness?

In Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer Awareness – Breast Awareness, Cancer Australia elaborate on:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

“Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms.

You don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts. Take the time to get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts as part of everyday activities like showering, dressing, putting on body lotion or simply looking in the mirror. Knowing what is normal for you will help you to detect any new breast or nipple changes”.

Breast Changes

What are some breast changes to look for?

In Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer Awareness – Breast Awareness, Cancer Australia also explain:

Breast Awareness Month 2021

“Breast changes to look out for include:

  • A new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • A change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
  • A nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
  • A change in the skin of the breast such as redness or dimpling
  • An unusual pain that doesn’t go away.

Nine out of ten breast changes aren’t due to cancer, but it’s important to see a doctor to be sure. If you find a breast change that is unusual for you, see your GP without delay”.

Breast Cancer Screening

Where may women find information about breast cancer screening or early detection programs?

Women may find information about breast cancer screening or early detection programs from their health care provider or their country’s equivalent of a local community health center, national and/or state Department/Center/Institute of Aging/Cancer/Disease Control and Prevention/Health/Human Services.

Your country may have a breast cancer early detection program similar to the CDC’s program. In National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP): Find A Screening Program Near You the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention elaborate on:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

“CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States”.

Alcohol or Not

Did you know there is an association between drinking alcohol and breast cancer risk?

In Drinking Alcohol, the (United States) Breastcancer.org elaborate on:

“Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages — beer, wine, and liquor — increases a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

Compared to women who don’t drink at all, women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer. Experts estimate that the risk of breast cancer goes up another 10% for each additional drink women regularly have each day.”

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Last Updated: 20 October 2021 – Last Revised: 20 September 2021
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