October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by David Antunes
I am especially moved to write this column regarding the awareness of breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an important cause to me because it affects women and women are so important to me!
Think of women that you know:
One in eight will get breast cancer and early detection is the best defense. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.
Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2013:
New cases: 232,340 (female); 2,240 (male)
Deaths: 39,620 (female); 410 (male)
Breast cancer is more than 100 times more common in women than in men, although men tend to have poorer outcomes due to delays in diagnosis. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in females worldwide. It accounts for 16 percent of all female cancers and 22.9 percent of invasive cancers in women. 18.2 percent of all cancer deaths worldwide, including both males and females, are from breast cancer.
What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a kind of cancer that develops from breast cells. Breast cancer usually starts off in the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply them with milk. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body. A breast cancer that started off in the lobules is known as lobular carcinoma, while one that developed from the ducts is called ductal carcinoma.
Signs and symptoms
The first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80 percent of breast cancer cases are discovered when the woman feels a lump. The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammogram. Lumps found in lymph nodes located in the armpits can also indicate breast cancer.
- One breast becoming larger or lower
- A nipple changing position or shape or becoming inverted
- Skin puckering or dimpling
- A rash on or around a nipple
- Discharge from nipple(s)
- Constant pain in part of the breast or armpit
- Swelling beneath the armpit or around the collarbone
Please make sure that you get a mammogram. So, how often should you get a mammogram? The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends:
Women ages 50 to 74 years should get a mammogram every two years.
Women younger than age 50 should talk to a doctor about when to start and how often to have a mammogram.
For more information about mammograms, call womenshealth.gov at 800-994-9662
During the month of October an awareness-minded client can buy many beauty products that gives back to breast cancer research.
Ways to show support!
AG’s limited edition Pink Fast Food, leave on conditioner, pale pink with an important purpose – a portion from each bottle sold will go towards breast cancer research and education.
Fast Food – Leave on conditioner feeds, smooth and calms frizzy thick or coarse hair instantly.
Susan G. Komen supports breast cancer research and awareness. For information: 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or visit www.komen.org
A list of some products that donate $10 from each sale that support the breast cancer research foundation:
- Bobbi Brown French Pink Blush
- La Mer The Hand Treatment
- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
I think everyone has a friend or relative who has been touched by cancer.
We all can MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, David Antunes is owner of Hair by David, a Kearny, NJ salon. David has 20+ years working with clientele including Madonna, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Kim Cattrall, Betsey Johnson and is currently the lead stylist for Teresa Giudice’s new hair care line, Youthful 8. For more information, visit the Hair by David website at DavidAntuneshair.com.
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