One theme that is constantly being shared across media everywhere when it comes to breast cancer is that early detection can be key. And while everyone agrees that early detection does not mean that this can always keep your cancer from spreading outside of the breast, in many cases an early detection can and does make a difference. So, if we can make a difference by discovering and treating breast cancer at an early stage, we need to do everything that we can on an individual basis to make this happen.
The most important thing to remember is that no one knows you and your own body better than you do. If you are worried about anything that you may notice in the way of how your breasts appear or feel, or if you are experiencing pain or tenderness, you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment. Barbara Jacoby
While most of us know that self-examination, regular mammograms and annual physicals are the three things that we know that we should do, I wanted to explore the possibility that there may be other things that we may do to improve our chances of early detection. Therefore, I found an article that provided some very valuable information about potential warning signs of breast cancer in both women, and men, that I know that I hadn’t ever known.
Another very important thing that we can all do is to learn about our family history relating to all types of cancer on both sides of our family and to share the information with our doctors. As we learn more about the genetic factors that influence our chances of getting breast cancer and know that our genetic makeup comes from both of our parents, it is important for us to have a better picture of more than just the mother’s side of the family.
For those who wish to be proactive and advocate for themselves or others with breast cancer, it is also very helpful to be aware of the latest technologies and options for treatment. Every day, there are more articles that provide information about the latest in research that is coming from universities and medical research labs and private companies all over the world. Results of clinical trials are being shared everywhere to apprise us about treatments that are being tested and may be coming to market in the future.
The most important thing to remember is that no one knows you and your own body better than you do. If you are worried about anything that you may notice in the way of how your breasts appear or feel, or if you are experiencing pain or tenderness, you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment. Should you discover a lump or any other unusual thing in your breast, let your medical practitioner know immediately so that it can be checked.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your consultation with your doctor, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion or third or fourth if you need. You wouldn’t be the first person to know that something was not right and that additional answers are necessary in order to satisfy you. And, just because you may recently have had a mammogram that did not detect anything wrong, just know that mammograms are not always 100% accurate. Sometimes it just isn’t enough for someone to tell you that there is nothing wrong with you when you know deep down inside that all is not right. So, do your research and ask your questions and continue to pursue your quest for answers until you have the peace of mind that you need. The bottom line is that this is your life and no one is as vested in it as you are.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.