BREAST cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women in the United States.
In the Unites States, there are more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer per year.
When is breast cancer awareness month 2021?
Breast cancer awareness month is known as the annual campaign meant to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.
In 2021, breast cancer awareness month will be throughout the entire month of October.
Some of the ways in which you can show you support is by donating to cancer research organizations or getting involved in the community to help raise awareness.
On October 22, people across the country will also be wearing pink to show support.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is known as a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast.
- A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit
- A change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
- A change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
- A nipple change, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)
- Rash or crusting around the nipple
- Unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
- Changes in size or shape of the breast
- Pain in the breast or armpit – although this alone is not usually a sign of breast cancer, look out for persistent pain that’s there all the time
Can men get breast cancer?
Although it is rare, men can get beast cacner.
The disease is most common in older men but can also occur at any age.
Typical treatment for men diagnosed is very similar to women, it typically involves surgery to remove the breast tissue or could involve chemotherapy and radiation therapy depending on how severe it is.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the signs and symptoms of male breast cancer can include:
- A painless lump or thickening in your breast tissue
- Changes to the skin covering your breast, such as dimpling, puckering, redness or scaling
- Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward
- Discharge from your nipple
Like women, men are urged to seek medical attention immediately if they notice any changes.