Wellness | Breast Cancer Awareness



This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and LEI wants to take the time out to share some important information concerning becoming more aware of breast cancer, mammograms, and self-examinations. We as women must take a stand and spread the word to our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, cousins, grandmothers and friends.


Breast Cancer has affected this world in more ways then one. Whether you know someone who has breast cancer, had it, almost had it or you yourself have experienced having breast cancer, it is not something to take lightly and we've all been affected by it whether directly or indirectly. That is why it is so important to get mammograms that will help to detect breast cancer early. If a mammogram is not available for you,  there is still something that you can do in the privacy of your own home and that is to perform a self-exam. So, how exactly can you do that? 

DO IT YOURSELF 

MONTHLY BREAST SELF - EXAM



What to look for...

Lumps ( painful or not painful)
Any nipple discharge - Clear or Bloody discharge in particular
Changes in the skin of your breast (color, overall look)
An inverted nipple
Unproportioned in size (One breast being larger or lower than the other)


What are the benefits of the regularly performed breast self-exams?
Early detection. Early detection of breast cancer can give you an opportunity to catch the cancer before it spreads to other body parts, and can make a huge difference between life or death. This important for all women especially women of color, because African-American women especially, are diagnosed in the later stages so the earlier it's detected, the better. With all that said, it's important to understand that early detection does not necessarily mean there's a lower risk because there are several forms of aggressive breast cancers that cannot be detected through self -examinations, so it's important to visit your doctor and get more information. 
What happens if you find a lump?
Make sure to set a doctor's appointment. Most likely they will conduct a clinical exam or an even more thorough exam like a mammogram.

Learn More....
To learn more about breast cancer and Women's Health, please visit: 
Minority Women's Health
http://womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/breast-cancer.html

Quotes From Celebrities who battled with Breast Cancer:

http://www.healthline.com/health/breast-cancer/quotes


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