Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Approximately 12% of all women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time
during their life. Surprisingly, the cancer rate has been decreasing since 2000. This can be related to
several factors; a decrease in the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy, treatment improvements, early
detection, and increased awareness. For the general population, the biggest risk factors are being
female and age. For individuals, many other factors come into play, for example; family history,
reproductive history, lifestyle, and environmental factors.
Since early detection has a direct effect on positive outcomes, it is important to know what to look for.
The American Cancer Society recommends being attentive to any of the following changes.
-Swelling of all or part of the breast
-Inward turning nipple
-Non-Milk nipple discharge
-Under arm lumps
In this article, we hope to have shed some light on both the incidence and the warning signs of breast
cancer. Just maybe, it will provide that little push to pick up the phone and make an appointment.
During the month of October, Alex Orthopedic, Inc. will be featuring specials on various pink products
that will contribute a percentage of sales toward finding a cure.