"Little things like this can make a big difference". "But I was paired with a woman who had a recurrence, and it was great to share stories and know that someone else has been on this journey". Here, experts break down your risk.
New Zealand women with advanced breast cancer die sooner than those in comparable countries, with median survival of only 16 months, compared to 2 to 3 years elsewhere. Screening mammography should occur at least biennially and as frequently as every year. Start with the right side, put the arm behind your head and, using your left hand, move your fingers - which should be flat and close together - around your right breast gently in a circular motion, starting at the outside and moving towards the centre.
Breast cancer in younger women tends to be a more aggressive cancer, researchers say, because it's often diagnosed later, is farther along when found and insurance companies set minimum ages on mammograms, which can deter detection.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering a free "Know the Symptoms" guide that provides a checklist of symptoms that is meant to help people get an idea of what to look for when giving themselves a breast exam. She says these survivors are at higher risk for developing melanoma. "If you're concerned about your risk, the first step is to consult your doctor about earlier screening". Those with dense breasts were also almost three times as likely as women with non-dense breasts to have an aggressive form of the cancer.
Dr. Lawrence, who is the director of breast surgery at Hartford Healthcare's central region, added after her 3D imaging mammogram, "I want to inspire every single woman out there that is age 40 and older, or if you have a family history the age might be earlier, to get your screening done". If you or one of your first-degree relatives have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation (which you can determine based on genetic testing), your doctor will likely recommend you get screened early. Breast cancer is curable up to 98-99.5% if detected early.
Have had radiation exposure.
Six months later, after the lump grew larger and got more painful, she had a biopsy. She has more than 30 years of experience in Radiology/Imaging. Early detection of breast cancer increases treatment options and often reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer.
Are an African-American woman.
A key reason these drugs are not funded is New Zealand's outdated model for medicines funding, which has not kept pace with advances in medicines, she said. "It's almost impossible to find someone whose life has not been touched by cancer, whether they've experienced it personally or through the journey of a family member, friend or coworker".
Other risk factors include dense breast tissue, obesity, alcohol consumption, estrogen exposure and breast-feeding among other factors. So, in light of Breast Cancer Awareness this October, we're here to remind you that checking your breast health is important.