October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to bring awareness to a cancer that affects more women than any other. At Qvita Health and Wellness, we hope to promote screenings and prevention of this disease. 

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

October 13 is nationally recognized in the United States as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. About 30% of early-stage breast cancers eventually metastasize (spread to parts of the body away from the breast), and the day is intended to drive awareness of the need for more research about metastatic disease. 

Men’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Although breast cancer is far more common in women, it affects men too. In 2021, President Joe Biden designated October 17-23rd Men’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week. About 2171 American men are expected to be diagnosed and around 500 to die from the disease.

Statistics (BreastCancer.Org):

Since 2019, we are seeing a variety of cancers in younger and younger people. Breast Cancer is being seen at the highest rate in comparison to others cancers on the rise. Therefore home self-breast exams done once a month can be helpful to detect any disease early.

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

Inherited Breast Cancer

A number of inherited mutated genes that can increase the likelihood of breast cancer have been identified. The most well-known are breast cancer gene 1 (BRCA1) and breast cancer gene 2 (BRCA2), both of which significantly increase the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer.

If you have a strong family history of breast cancer or other cancers, your health care provider may recommend a blood or saliva test to help identify specific mutations in BRCA or other genes that are being passed through your family.

Factors that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer include (Mayo Clinic):

Annual mammograms are recommeded starting at age 40. Starting sooner is advised with a positive inherited gene or family history of breast or related cancer. Schedule with your OB/GYN or Primary Care Provider for an exam and recommendations on when you should start screening. 

Thankfully, many diagnostic facilities are making access to mammograms easier the entire month of October.  If you do not have insurance, many facilities are charging as low as $50 for a mammogram. Call us at Qvita Health and Wellness or your local diagnostic facility or hospital for details. 

This information is provided by Breastcancer.org, Mayo Clinic




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

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