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:


breast_cancer_ribbonOne 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.

Other symptoms:

  • Lumps
  • 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!

New_AG_LandingPG_ThinkPink_13_NEWAG’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.


David AntuneA 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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4 Responses to October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  1. Early detection is important in defeating breast cancer.
    Thermography has the capability to detect changes in breast tissue years earlier than mammograms.
    Thermography does not use radiation like mammograms therefore it is a safer procedure.

    Prevention is the best medicine. Do everything your can to prevent disease.
    Genetics plays a role in all diseases. We can turn off and trigger genes to turn on with our environment. Nutrition and exercise are the best ways to control our environment.
    Choose the healthiest foods possible. Certified organic whole foods are free of disease causing chemical additives, hormones and steroids.
    Exercises strengthens the body and the mind. Perform aerobic and anaerobic exercise to strengthen your heart, lungs, musculo-skeletal system and immune system.
    Dr Donald A Ozello DC
    702 286-9040

  2. As you stated, Male Breast Cancer has less diagnosis however often more fatal as no one is checking! Find out more about mbc at HIS Breast Cancer Awareness and maybe you can ask one of your male celebrities to join us in raising awareness for men. Visit our web site at; http://www.hisbreastcancer.org

  3. Great Article so much information that doesn’t always get mentioned well done David!

  4. Thank You for taking the time to write this article David My mother at the age of 84 Had lost a breast due to cancer she was a lucky one & it was caught in time I am a cancer survivor since the age of 16 although not breast their all just as traumatic to deal with I now again am waiting to find out if my cancer has returned sometimes I think the waiting to find out is worse then knowing! So I hope you now understand why this article touched me so.. 🙂

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