Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. But if detected early, breast cancer can be treated successfully. That is why it is important to donate for breast cancer so that there is enough awareness created. Awareness among women is the key to beating breast cancer.
Symptoms and Signs of Breast Cancer
With adequate use of mammograms, breast cancer in women is being detected early on, before any symptoms are exhibited. Therefore, when you donate for breast cancer, you are empowering women with the ability to learn about the possible precautions, tests and eventual prognosis.
The most common sign of breast cancer among women is a mass or a lump, which is hard to the touch or soft, painless or painful, is tender and has irregular edges. That is why any new breast lump or mass should be checked immediately by a health care professional who is experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Some other possible symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even though no distinct lumps are felt)
- Dimpling or skin irritation
- Nipple or breast pain
- Nipple retraction
- Redness, thickening or scaly breast skin or nipples
- A nipple discharge
Supporting an Amazing Cause
There are times that breast cancer has spread to the lymph nodes around the collar bone or under the arm. They cause a swelling or a lump there, and exhibit themselves even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. This is why you should donate funds for breast cancer so that women everywhere are made aware of how to diagnose the early signs of the disease.
Developing & Maintaining an Awareness of Breast Cancer
It is critical for women as early as in their 20s to be aware of breast cancer and start checking themselves often for signs and symptoms. When you donate for breast cancer, you are ultimately spreading awareness about breast cancer and getting women acquainted with the importance of breast self-exam (BSE).
Women should be aware of how their breast feels normally and should be able to identify any new changes and report it to a health care professional immediately. It is important to note that just because a woman has identified a change in her breast; it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is cancer. But BSEs help women take control of their bodies and check regularly for signs of cancer.
- Check your breast in two or three positions, like standing up, lying down, and leaning forward.
- Use the palm surface of the fingers and not the tips, to move your breast.
- Examine part of your breast from the outside into the nipple, and then from the inside to the outer edge. Be sure to include your armpit into the exam too.
- Checking the nipple is important, too. Since the nipple has less breast tissue, any lump in that area may be a cause for concern. Any discharge from the nipple should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
To pledge your support to the cause, donate to breast cancer research at BCRF.