Big Deal, It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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NBCAM is enormous, regardless of breast size.

HEALTH Viewer Discretion: Women are already quite aware of their breasts. In order to purchase proper fitting clothing, they know nearly every bust measurement that can be taken beyond the basic cup size that fascinates most men. Awakening to them every morning and fighting with them each night for a comfortable position, to the feminine gender, breasts are a normal part of human anatomy.

Underwear and outerwear are used to support, accentuate or minimize breasts when getting dressed. [1] Pregnant mothers are even more aware as their expanding breasts transform to perform new functions during prenatal development. And females even moderately concerned about the potential for cancer, perform monthly breast examinations for lumps and irregularities. Well, perhaps not monthly but certainly a few months ago, right? Don't feel too bad. Men often neglect monthly checks for testicular cancer and have apprehensions about reporting irregularities to their doctors too.

How To Increase Breast Cancer Awareness

Early detection improves outcomes. When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As cancer cells grow, however, the look or feel of breasts can be altered. [2] Symptoms may 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 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.

You Can Do Very Little

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During October, thirty days are devoted to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. [3] What will women do differently? Honestly, most will do very little. Some may wear pink apparel or perhaps a pink ribbon. Others may be reminded to perform a breast self-exam if they forgot to do so last month. Men and women alike may pause and consider those they have known who survived or succumbed to cancer. People may vow to eat healthier or exercise more. A few will walk a mile, run a marathon or donate to a breast cancer charity. Any of these things can be applauded because the only bad thing that can be done, in this context, is nothing. But who can do more?

Doctors Can Do Much More

If wearing a ribbon or buying a pink pair of running shoes is a show of support for cancer research, then more power to the pink. But education about early detection is paramount and doctors are the best source of such education. As a patient, you should mention any absence of displayed breast cancer anatomy posters in your Ob-Gyn, oncologist or primary physician office to the receptionist or, better still, to the doctor. If you work in a medical office, be proactive in displaying such posters. The Female Breast, Benign Breast Disease and Understanding Breast Cancer each demonstrate how to perform a breast self-exam, describe the benefits of early detection, and assuage anxiety stemming from early discovery of a lump.

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Now is the time when DeuPair Frames in medical examination rooms are useful. Seasonal posters can be displayed without pulling DeuPair Frames off the walls. Each frame easily holds two laminated posters. Just slide the contents out, move the appropriate poster to the front, and slide everything back in. If you have a Duo Frame and require a poster that features breast cancer, order a poster today from Store.ClinicalPosters.com. If you do not have DeuPair Frames, you may order them for your medical practice by themselves or with appropriate posters preinstalled. But don't stop with the poster display, open the dialog with female patients about breast cancer, making certain they are aware of how to perform a self exam and know which symptoms to report for further evaluation.

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References
  1. Dress Your Body Type: Select Your Body Type. dressyourbodytype.com ^
  2. Breast Cancer Awareness. cdc.gov ^
  3. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. nbcam.org ^