A yearly mammography and monthly self-breast exams are key to breast cancer detection. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes. As the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, it is also the second leading cause of death among them.
Though often thought to be a woman-specific disease, breast cancer also occurs in men. In fact, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,100 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Men who are at high risk for breast cancer may do self-breast exams as well. If breast cancer runs in your family or you carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, you have higher risk of developing male breast cancer.
Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery, and for those who undergo partial or full mastectomies may find comfort in options for breast prosthesis afterward.
There are several services available to women who need special bras, camis, swim wear, etc. to help adjust to your new you. Please talk with your doctor about post breast surgery care and options available.
To learn more, please visit www.breastcancer.org
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN