October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Alberta. Regular screening is the best way to detect it early when treatment has the best chance of working.
What is breast cancer?
- Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast;
- A cancerous tumour is a group of cancer cells that can grow into and destroy nearby tissue;
- It can also spread to other parts of the body.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
- The most common symptom is a firm or hard lump that feels very different from the rest of the breast;
- Check out other Symptoms of Breast Cancer.
Does breast cancer only happen to women?
- No, breast cancer may happen to men too, as men have breast tissue just like women;
- Breast cancer in men is similar to the disease in women with some differences.
How to detect breast cancer early?
- Screening is the key. Screening tests help find breast cancer before any symptoms develop when the chances of successful treatment are better;
- Talk to your family doctor. If you do not have a doctor, reach out to a walk-in clinic near you and ask about breast cancer screening.
Word of the Day:Screening: checking for a disease in someone who is not showing any symptoms of the disease.