Breast Cancer Awareness

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Breast Cancer

Anyone can develop breast cancer but it is usually found on women who are 50 years and older. Breast cancer is when cells in the breast grow out of control. There are certain reasons that put you at risk for developing breast cancer; getting older, reproductive history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer or having dense breast. While these things put you at risk, there are some things that you can do to lower your risk:

  1. Exercise: women who aren’t physically active are at higher risk for getting breast cancer.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight: If you are overweight you are at greater risk for getting breast cancer.
  3. Limit the alcohol you consume: The more alcohol you consume, the higher you put yourself at risk for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Early detection of lumps around your breast are the best way to find and treat cancer. You can do a breast self-exam and check for lumps or your clinician can do a clinical self-exam. If you are over 50 years of age, you can do a mammogram. Whatever screening cancer test you decide to use to check for breast cancer, you should have all the facts about each breast cancer screening, including the benefits and limitations of each breast cancer screening test before you decide. Talk to your doctor first to decide what screening test is right for you and if you are thinking about getting a breast cancer screening before the age of 50.

Warning Signs

You should see a doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms. They can be warning signs of breast cancer.

During breast cancer awareness month, we encourage you to get to know your breast. The more you know them, the more aware you are about any changes that happen. Remember, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about learning, becoming aware and sharing. Awareness happens when we learn and share with others.


Cáncer de mama

Cualquier persona puede desarrollar cáncer de mama, pero generalmente se encuentra en mujeres mayores de 50 años. El cáncer de mama es cuando las células de la mama crecen fuera de control. Hay ciertas razones que lo ponen en riesgo de desarrollar cáncer de mama; envejecer, antecedentes reproductivos de cáncer de mama, antecedentes familiares de cáncer de mama o tener mama densa. Hay algunas cosas que puedes hacer para reducir el riesgo:

  1. Ejercicio: las mujeres que no están físicamente activas tienen un mayor riesgo de contraer cáncer de mama.
  2. Mantener un peso saludable: Si tiene sobrepeso, tiene un mayor riesgo de contraer cáncer de mama.
  3. Limita el alcohol que consumes: Cuanto más alcohol consumes, mayor será tu riesgo de padecer cáncer de mama.

Exámenes de detección del cáncer de mama

La detección temprana de bultos alrededor de la mama es la mejor manera de encontrar y tratar el cáncer. Puedes hacerte un autoexamen de mamas para buscar bultos o tu médico puede hacer un autoexamen clínico. Si tienes más de 50 años, puedes hacer una mamografía. Cualquiera prueba de detección de cáncer que decidas usar para detectar cáncer de mama, debes tener todos los datos sobre cada examen de detección del cáncer de mama, incluidos los beneficios y limitaciones de cada prueba de detección de cáncer de mama antes de decidir. Hable primero con su médico para decidir qué prueba de detección es adecuada para usted, y si está pensando en hacerse una prueba de detección del cáncer de mama antes de los 50 años.

Señales de advertencia

Usted debe consultar a un médico si nota cualquiera de los siguientes síntomas. Pueden ser signos de advertencia de cáncer de mama.

Durante el mes de concientización sobre el cáncer de mama, te animamos a conocer tu seno. Cuanto más conozcas a tus senos, más consciente estarás de los cambios que se produzcan. Recuerde, el Mes de Concientización sobre el Cáncer de Mama se trata de aprender, tomar conciencia y compartir. La conciencia ocurre cuando aprendemos y compartimos con los demás.


This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your doctor regarding your medical needs. The information on this blog was obtained from the following sources:

Esta información es sólo para fines educativos. Por favor, consulte con su médico con respecto a sus necesidades médicas. La información de este blog se obtuvo de las siguientes fuentes:

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