October is a crucial month in spreading important information regarding breast cancer facts and risk factors, and Friedman's Women's Development Network (WDN) is proud to help spread awareness amongst our Friedman family and friends.
- Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
- Breast cancer is not exclusive to women; men also get the disease, however at a much lower rate.
- Breast cancer affects women of all ages but is more prevalent in women who are 50 years old or older.
Some people develop symptoms, while others do not. Having any of the following warrants a discussion with your doctor right away, although these symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions:
- New lump in the breast or underarm
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
- Pain in any area of the breast
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area of the breast
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood
- Changes in size or shape of the breast
Most importantly, you need to know what is normal for you; the only way to know what is normal for you is through regular monthly self-examination. For more information on self-examination, visit:
The risks for breast cancer are due to a combination of factors. However, there are certain risk factors that you can work to change, and they are as follows:
- Not being physically active
- Hormone levels
- Becoming overweight after menopause
- Drinking alcohol
- Reproductive history
For a full list of risk factors and a description of each, including the above, please visit:
Early detection through screening can help save lives! Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk.
- Have a mammogram every year starting at the age of 40 if you are average risk.
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.
There are many ways to help those that are at every step of the breast cancer journey, and there are endless organizations offering support to those affected as well as organizations spreading knowledge about this disease.
You can personally help further breast cancer research and survival by making donations, fundraising or volunteering. For more details on joining the cause, please visit:
In the past, WDN in NYC has hosted informational sessions with the help of the Maurer Foundation, which has a mission of saving lives through breast health education. If you would like to attend an info session of theirs or join their cause, please visit:
Breast cancer can take a heavy toll on the lives, livelihoods and families of patients. The Pink Fund, another organization that WDN in NYC has worked with in the past, helps patients facing the struggles with cost of living expenses by providing 90-day non-medical cost-of-living expenses to breast cancer patients in active treatment so they focus on healing.
Please join the WDN and spread the word this month! Awareness is power!