October Newsletter

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’ ” – Mary Anne Radmacher

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The combination of mammography, regular breast exams by your health care provider, and being aware of changes in your breasts may be the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is more easily treated. A very important part of early detection is the breast self exam. It is important to “Know Your Normal”.

When other parts of your body look or feel different than they normally do, you notice. For example, if you see an unusual rash on your arm, or a worrisome change in a mole or have a toothache, you’re likely to visit your health care provider to check it out you can try these out. The same should apply to any changes in your breasts.

There is no “standard” breast size, shape or feel. Each person is unique. So, it’s important to become familiar with the way your breasts normally look and feel. Knowing what is normal for you may help you see or feel changes in your breasts.

If you notice any change from your normal, see your health care provider. It’s important to note that the warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common symptoms are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. If you are unsure it is best to see your provider. Although it may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind that it has been checked.