October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. According to the CDC, Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among women in the United States. By understanding the factors associated with breast cancer and being consistent with early detection methods, women everywhere can lower their risks.

Some of the factors associated with breast cancer – being a woman, your age, your family history – cannot be changed. Other factors – such as being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, and unhealthy eating habits – can be changed by challenging yourself to make good lifestyle choices. By choosing to live an active and healthy lifestyle, you can empower yourself in lowering your risk for breast cancer.

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Symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • Any change in size or shape of the breast
  • Pain in any area of the breast
  • Nipple discharge or blood
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

While yearly mammograms and regular at-home breast checks cannot prevent breast cancer, these precautionary measures can help catch breast cancer early and increase survival rates.

While there are a few cancers associated with asbestos exposure, breast cancer is not one of them. There is no known link between breast cancer and asbestos exposure. However, women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who have been exposed to asbestos may be eligible for compensation. Additionally, women who worked with or around asbestos, including second-hand exposure from laundering their husbands clothes, may present with lung cancer or mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with an associated cancer such as lung cancer, ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma, fill out a free case evaluation.