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Think Pink for a Cure

1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That’s nearly 12%, and 12% too many at that. The importance of spreading awareness for this disease is more important now than ever as rates are on the rise, but prevention and survival after being diagnosed are equally important. Knowing what to look for and taking preventative measures will be key in staying healthy. Unfortunately, there are many different kinds of breast cancer that you have to be aware of, along with many different symptoms, but this is where early detection comes into play for keeping your health maintained. In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will think pink and discuss symptoms to look for, preventative measures to take and what life looks like after survival. 

Common Symptoms 

It’s important for all people to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, no matter what age, gender, race, etc. It can happen to anyone. One of the easiest ways to stay aware of any changes is by performing monthly breast exams. By doing this, you are more likely to identify changes and recognize when there is an issue. Look for the following: 

  • A persistent lump in or near the breast 
  • Nipple tenderness or discharge 
  • A change in skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the breast 
  • Any unexplained change in the size of the breast (shrinking or swelling)
  • Dimpling in or around the breast 
  • Inverted nipple
  • Skin area becoming red or swollen 

Preventative Measures 

40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who have felt a lump, often while performing a self-exam. This proves just how important self-awareness is. 

  • Perform monthly breast self-exams
    • These should be done monthly and around the same date, using the same motions, in the same position. (lying down, in front of the mirror or in the shower are good options) 
  • Clinical breast exams 
    • Ask your doctor to perform these at your check-ups or if you are concerned. 
  • Mammogram 
    • People begin these at different ages depending on many factors, but standard protocol will recommend women to receive them yearly beginning at 40 years and older. 

Life After Breast Cancer 

Life after breast cancer is different for everyone, but one thing everyone should know is that you are not alone. Knowing what will happen after your treatment is complete can vary for everyone. There are some things that everyone will go through, one of these being regular check-ups to monitor your health. Beyond this, returning to your “new normal” will look different for everyone. There are many different hurdles you may face, but also many programs to help you move forward. At Core PT, we offer lots of women’s health treatment programs if you are recovering from physical changes. There are also survivorship clinics and support groups to join for your mental health! Ask your doctor for recommendations on what they think would be best for you. 

Breast cancer is real and we deserve to find a cure! There are plenty of ways you can help. Donate, fundraise, share a post on Facebook - everything helps. If you are a breast cancer survivor and are looking for help, don’t hesitate to reach out and remember #ThinkPink.


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