Know the facts on how to detect breast cancer - Sisters Network Chicago Chapter

"Why knowing the facts matter..."

All women are at risk for breast cancer. All breast problems must be checked.

African American women under the ae of 40 have more aggressive and deadly tumors, need earlier, more frequent breast cancer screenings and aggressive medical treatment to increase their survival advantages.

Elderly black women may be less aware of breat cancer risk factors or delay medical attention, which results in more advanced disease.

Breast cancer is a leading cause of death among black women.

Men - you are not out of the woods. Know that MEN can also get breast cancer. The symptoms are the same as for women. Look at and feel your chest and pectoral muscles for any unusual changes. If you find any signs as listed below, see your doctor to be checked immediately.

  • A lump in the pecs, chest, collarbone, nipples, torso, or underarms.
  • Discharge or fluid from the nipples that is bloody, clear, pus-like, or smells bad.
  • Skin changes that are bumpy, dark, different color, itchy, painful, rash-like, puckered, redness, sore/ulcer, shrunken, swollen, or tender.
  • Take charge of your health: Learn about your family's cancer history as cancer of the breast, colon, ovaries and prostate are related and either side can carry the gene.
  • Reduce your alcohol and fat intake, reduce your weight, and increase your exercise.

  • A BIOPSY MUST BE DONE FOR ANY STRANGE CHANGE IN YOUR BREAST, ARMPIT, CHEST OR COLLARBONE AREA. RULE IT OUT. SEEK A SECOND OPINION. EARLY DETECTION – EARLY DIAGNOSIS – EARLY TREATMENTS – FIND A CURE!

    Your action plan - Take charge of your breast health with a plan of action:

  • 1. Monthly Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
  • 2. Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) by your health care provider
  • 3. Screening Mammogram, every year starting at age 40
  • 4. If you don't know how, "Ask somebody". Because of the biological and racial differences in breast cancer mortality, research studies have concluded that early and frequent breast cancer screenings are essential to increasing the survival advantages for black women. Seek early medical treatment; save your breasts, save your life.

  • SOURCE: AABCA web site