Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Beatriz Herrera, Staff Reporter

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Breast cancer occurs when cancer cells form on any breast tissue. No one knows when breast cancer forms because it is a mutation, but some risk factors are drinking alcohol, being older than 50+, and having a family history of breast cancer. Some of these risk factors can be avoided, like drinking alcohol. However, some risk factors are inevitable, like getting older. Having risk factors does not mean you will get breast cancer because many women/men with high-risk factors never developed it.
You can not prevent breast cancer, but you can lower the risk of developing it. Some ways to lower your risk factors are: keeping a healthy weight and exercise regularly, avoid drinking or limit your drinking, if taking birth control pills, ask your doctor about the risk, do not smoke, and make sure to stay away from the people that do. Things that DO NOT cause breast cancer are caffeine, deodorant, microwaves, phones, and being in contact with someone who has breast cancer. A few symptoms of breast cancer are; changes in the size or shape of the chest, pain in any area of the breast, and a new lump in the breast or underarm.
Did you know men can also develop breast cancer? About 1 out of every 100 breast cancer diagnoses in the United States is a man, but breast cancer tends to develop in women who are 50 years old or older. Men have higher rates of developing and dying from breast cancer than women. If you know someone battling breast cancer and needs help, tell them to contact 800‑813‑HOPE (4673) or [email protected].