Contributed by: @Hiphopcleopatra
Every year the month of October signifies Breast Cancer Awareness Month to inform, inspire, and encourage people in regards to one of the most deadliest diseases in the U.S. Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer, after skin cancer, in the U.S. It is also the second deadliest cancer among women and 1/3 of the women diagnosed with cancer have Breast Cancer. The disease is most common among Caucasian women followed by African American women, yet African American women are least likely to survive.
According to Susan G. Komen, Breast cancer is the type of cancer in which the cells in the breast divide and grow abnormally, leaving a lump or tumor in the breast and usually develops in the ducts. The malignant mass can spread to other parts of the breast tissue, which is called invasive cancer, or stay logged in the ducts of the breast.
Two hundred thousand women are diagnosed each year with the disease and 40, 000 women loose the battle against Breast Cancer. Today there are about 2.5 million survivors thanks to early detection and new advancements in medicine. Early detection can mean more treatment options and a better chance for survival.
It is important for women detect Breast Cancer in its early stages with self examinations, mammograms, and clinical breast exams. Below you will find links on how to conduct a self examination, where in Baltimore you may find receive a mammogram, and early warning signs.
Early Warning Signs:
- Lump or hard knot in the breast or under arm
- Swelling warmth and redness or darkening of breast
- Change in size and shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly, sore or rash on the nipples
- Nipple Discharge
- Pain in one area of the breast that will not go away
Mammogram Facilities Near Baltimore:
- Baltimore City Health Department
- Baltimore City Facilities
- American Radiology
- Capital Breast Care Center [D.C.]
Self Breast Examination tools: