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Mammography Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on in Bladder, Cancer

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research, treatment and cures.  It’s important to understand what breast cancer is and to get checked by getting a mammogram done. Broadway Medical wants all women, and men, to be aware of breast cancer, its risks and how to get screened.

Breast Cancer

National Mammography Day takes place every third Friday in October (October 18 to be exact) and encourages women across America to receive or sign up for a mammogram screening.  Mammograms are the best defense in the fight against breast cancer.  Early detection and early treatment greatly increase the odds of survival.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer occurring women and the second most cause of death from women. Although breast cancer is rare in men, they still make up one percent of all males who get breast cancer. Breast cancer occurs when lumps grows in the armpits or the breasts of men and women.  If you’re not sure if it’s a lump, consult with a doctor to confirm the diagnosis.  Common symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
  • Persistent scaling or crusting of the nipple
  • Inverted nipples
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Dimpling on the breast skin
  • Contours of the breast change, such as one being larger than the other

Breast cancer can occur with no obvious risk factors which mean women need to be alert and watch for changes in their breasts, like performing self-examinations or getting mammograms done.

Broadway Medical hopes you’ve learned a little more how breast cancer affects both men and women and why getting a mammogram or self-exam is important. Make sure to check out our full online catalog and check out our supply of home hospital beds and pain management equipment.