Month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness in New York

Early detection is the key and saves lives, October is breast cancer awareness month. All women should get screened for breast cancer every other year starting at age 40. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 298,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 43,000 will die of the disease in 2023. Take a proactive exam today.


Woman and cancer

Breast cancer occurs in many different forms. The most common form is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the ducts. Cancer that begins in the lobes or lobules is called lobular carcinoma. It is found more often in both breasts than other types of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare type in which the breast is warm, red, and swollen. Do you have these early signs?

Being female and older in age are the main risk factors for breast cancer. Other risk factors include estrogen (made in the body), dense breast tissue, age at menstruation and first birth, taking hormones for symptoms of menopause, smoking, obesity, and not getting enough exercise. What can you do today for prevention?

Hereditary breast cancer makes up 5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses. Women who have certain gene mutations, such as mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, have an increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Act today and get an examination, your local health provider can start the process.

Men can also develop breast cancer, making up slightly less than 1 percent of those diagnosed each year. Radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of breast cancer can increase a man’s risk of the disease. Don’t be alone in this battle.

Scientists found a new targeted therapy that extends progression-free survival in people with metastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who had progressed after previous endocrine therapy. Get well now and live an healthy lifestyle.
There are many ways in which you can lend your talents to support lifesaving research. Learn how you can become an advocate for cancer research, participate in events to raise awareness, volunteer your time, and share your story of how cancer has affected your life. See your doctor, make an appointment today.

“OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH” aacr.org, 10/14/2023 https://www.aacr.org/patients-caregivers/awareness-months/breast-cancer-awareness-month/

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