Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What you should know

The ECW just recently held their Annual Cancer Forum. This year, the guest speaker was our own Tamara Gayle-Blackwood, MD, Med Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University, Director of Diversity and Advocacy, Hospital Medicine, and Children’s National Hospital.

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Here’s what you should know about Breast Cancer
Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women and men.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  1. A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
  2. Change in the size, shape, or appearance of a breast
  3. Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
  4. A newly inverted nipple
  5. Peeling, scaling, crusting, or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin
  6. Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange.

Male cancer is a rare cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, breast cancer does occur in men. Male breast cancer is most common in older men, though it can occur at any age. Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure. The most common symptoms of breast cancer in men are— A lump or swelling in the breast. Redness or flaky skin in the breast. Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
Signs and symptoms of male breast cancer can include:

  1. A painless lump or thickening in your breast tissue
  2. Changes to the skin covering your breasts, such as dimpling, puckering, redness, or scaling
  3. Changes to your nipple, such as redness or scaling, or a nipple that begins to turn inward
  4. Discharge from your nipple

Breast cancer screening means checking your breasts for cancer before you have any symptoms. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat, and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

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