Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is when people all over the world show their support for those affected by a disease affecting 1 in 8 women, with a lifetime risk of 13%.  In men it is 1 in 833.  Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers according to the American Cancer Society. In recent years, incidence rates have increased by .05% per year.

Early signs of breast cancer can be a breast lump, pain to the breast or under arm, and nipple discharge. Early on there is often no sign. That’s why annual mammograms are advised for early detection. A mammogram is painless and only takes about 10 minutes.

Keep in mind that these symptoms can also be harmless, so don’t panic. Lumps can mean cysts or benign lumps, but always error on the side of caution and get checked.

If the mammogram does show a lump, your health care practitioner will order a biopsy. This test will show if the lump is benign (harmless) or malignant (cancerous). If the lump is cancerous that an oncologist and surgeon will be consulted to plan for surgery and additional treatments as needed.  Early detection is a life saver so try to not miss your annual checks.

Risk Factors

What Can You Do?


Sources: Awareness Days, Breast Cancer Now, American Cancer Society, Mayo Clinic.


Contact our office for your appointment at 813-501-4130.

Peggy Demetriou, FNP, APRN-BC Founder and CEO of Qvita Health and Wellness.

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