Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to bring awareness to our Myansa Skincare family. Some of us know someone if not ourselves either a relative or a friend who has been impacted by cancer at some point in their life and this topic is never easy to talk about but as cliché as it may sound "Knowledge is power - the earlier we are aware of symptoms of cancer, the better."
WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND HOW?
There are different types of breast cancer (We wont go too much into the science), some are rare and some also appear in men. Yes! Men can get breast cancer too!
Although breast cancer occurs mainly in women it also occurs in men too because men have breast tissue. Statistically 1 in a thousand men get breast cancer, although this number may seem low in comparison to women where 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer at some point in their life it is still vital for both men and women to be aware of the signs and symptoms. (Source: Cancer.org)
If you are under the age of 45, you may have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have close relatives who were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45 or ovarian cancer at any age, especially if more than one relative was diagnosed or if a male relative had breast cancer. (Source: CDC)
Breast cancer symptoms vary widely — from lumps to swelling to skin changes — and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all.
In some cases, a lump may be too small for you to feel or to cause any unusual changes you can notice on your own. That’s why it is important to go for regular mammograms and self examine yourself especially if you have a family history of breast cancer. The EARLIER it’s detected the BETTER.
For men the signs may not be as obvious as women but here are a few ways men can check for breast cancer:
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For women you may have seen this info card many times but these are steps for self examination:
WHAT CAN OR SHOULD YOU DO?
Know your risk of cancer by talking to your family about the health history and talk to your doctors too. Speak to your doctor about screening tests or the different breast exams that are available and it is also important that you know and understand your body by knowing what is 'normal' for you. Plus you're probably tired of hearing this but healthy lifestyle choices are very important at whatever age you are at because it impacts our health at such a big scale. The age range of cancers seems to be lowering, a recent and tragic loss is the famous star Chadwick Boseman (The Black Panther). In 2020, researchers expect there to be 89,500 new cancer cases and 9,270 cancer deaths among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 39 years old (Source:Cancer.org). So Speak to your doctor about some lifestyle choices you can make that work best for you.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP AND SUPPORT?
Do your research and speak to your doctors. If you would like to know more information about Breast Cancer or and any other form of cancers and want to support we have shared a few websites:
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