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New App for Breast Cancer Prevention!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Understanding the cause and risk factors is fundamental, yet even more so is taking steps towards breast cancer prevention. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides a useful application – Early Detection Plan, which is available on their website, App store, and Google play. The application allows individuals to set notifications, reschedule appointments, log exams, get email notifications, and explore local breast clinics.

The Early Detection Plan app is a useful when searching breast clinics. It provides users with breast clinic’s contact information, driving directions and navigation, and the clinic’s company website. The National Breast Cancer Foundation comments, “The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages.” The Early Detection Plan app is certainly a great start!

What are Common Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

The most prevalent symptom of breast cancer is a mass or lump located in the breast. Cancerous masses tend to be hard, painless, and with irregular edges. Signs and symptoms do differ among individuals. If you observe abnormalities or changes during monthly breast self-exams, please contact a healthcare professional for further guidance.

The American Cancer Society Outlines the Following as Possible Signs of Breast Cancer:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple inward retraction
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of nipple and it’s surrounding breast area.
  • Nipple discharge (excluding breast milk)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares how each year over 200,000 U.S. women get breast cancer, and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. Men are also diagnosed with breast cancer, yet the disease is not as prevalent as in women. The CDC documents an average of 2,000 men with breast cancer annually, with about 400-related deaths per year. These statistics are daunting! Creating an action plan is crucial for prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The CDC is now offering a program for low-income individuals to get early screening for breast cancer prevention. Free or reduced mammogram examinations are available to individuals that meet program guidelines. For more information on the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, please call (800) CDC-INFO.

 

* All information shared in this article should be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to incorporating any suggestions. This article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide advice or direct client decisions.

 

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Yeneilyn is a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida since 2006. Her nursing practice began in the field of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Hospital and expanded to care for clients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She was provided the opportunity as LPN Instructor, which changed the course of her nursing career. She states, “Teaching nursing students expanded my view on positive influences nurses contribute beyond beside care. Nurses are central leaders in health education, client advocacy, and disease prevention.” Currently, Yeneilyn writes health articles and prepares Continuing Education (C.E.) courses for healthcare professionals. She continues her studies in the field of Nursing Education and evidenced-based nursing practice. In her free time she enjoys sharing time with family and friends.


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