October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month

By Rebecca Allen, Staff Writer

October is all about raising awareness for breast cancer. Breast cancer occurs when there is an abnormal growth of cells in the breast tissue in which develops two types of tumors: benign, which are non-cancerous, and malignant, which are cancerous. If not caught early, the malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body.

According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, awareness is important because “1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.”

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer. Awareness is crucial when it comes to surviving because when tumors are still restricted to the breast, the patient has a 95% survival rate after five years.

The overall cause of breast cancer is yet to be known, though Julie Schwartz, the mission outreach coordinator of Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia, says that there are several things a woman can do to reduce her risk. Schwartz says it is important to maintain a healthy weight and make healthy lifestyle choices.

While all women are able to develop breast cancer, risk increases with age.  For this  reason it is crucial for women to know their bodies. Schwartz says, “[young adults] need to become familiar with their breast tissue so that if they notice anything abnormal they can talk with their doctor.”

Susan G. Komen has four pieces of advice that they wish everyone would know in order to assist with early detection, Susan G. Komen recommends:

  1. Know your risk.
  2. Get screened.
  3. Know what is normal for you.
  4. Make healthy lifestyle choices.”

For more information on breast cancer or how to get screened, contact Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia by phone at 912-232-2535 or visit their website at www.komencoastalgeorgia.org.