Not to state the obvious, but October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Given that our own Dr. Liu is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He spends much of his time helping those affected, we wanted to help raise awareness of the importance of screening and early detection. As well as give him a nice little “plug” for being the best.
Anyway, here are a few facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- 200,000 women are diagnosed in the US each year.
- Approximately 1 in 8 women born in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives
- Less than 1 percent of those diagnosed are men, but it is possible
- Most diagnosed cases are in women who are age 50 or older
- About 10 percent of new cases in the US affect women under age 45
- Second only to skin cancer, it is one of the most common cancers among women in the US
Breast Cancer Symptoms
It is important to note that some women do not experience any early symptoms. Which is why yearly screenings, in addition to self breast exams, are extremely important for women over the age of 45. However, if symptoms do arise, they may include changes in the size or shape of a breast, breast pain, and abnormal discharge from the nipple. Additionally, the most common first symptom is a new lump in the underarm or breast.
Breast cancer is treated several ways. The treatment ultimately depends on the type of cancer and how it has spread. Patients often get more than one kind of treatment. Typical treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and radiation therapy.
Source: cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/breastcancerawareness, https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/treatment.htm