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Fact: One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Fact: Breast cancer does not discriminate. All women are at risk.

Fact: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Our best defense is early detection...

In honor of this special month and this special cause, Concepts TV named October 21st their ‚“Think Pink Day” to help spread the word. Each employee was asked to wear pink and donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Concepts then matched every employee donation dollar for dollar.

In addition to our monetary donation, we are posting the signs and symptoms for Breast Cancer, so every woman can be her own champion against this horrible disease.

In order to detect anything unusual, doctors recommend that you get to know your body first. Take part in a Breast Self-Exam (BSE) once a month, days after your cycle ends.

To conduct a BSE, my doctor recommends exploring your entire breast and underneath the underarm with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion, so you can determine what your normal is. This can be accomplished either standing or lying down with one arm above your head. Use the left hand to explore the right breast and vice versa.

Once you establish a personal baseline, be on the lookout for the following:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scale sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that does not go away

If you should detect anything or have any concerns, contact your physician immediately.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact the Susan G. Komen foundation, http://ww5.komen.org/. You can also reach out to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

Important aside: A mammogram is the best screening tool used today. Regular mammograms are recommended, but when you should start them will depend upon a variety of factors: age, ethnicity, family history, etc. Discuss your personal mammogram plan with your doctor. You will be tickled pink that you did!

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