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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, but it is also one of the most treatable when detected early. Breast cancer awareness is important because it can help people learn more about the disease, its signs and symptoms, and how to reduce their risk. Early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer. That is why it is important for women to get regular mammograms and breast exams. Mammograms are X-rays of the breasts that can detect cancer early, even before it can be felt. Breast exams are physical exams of the breasts that can be done by a doctor or nurse. In addition to early detection, there are a number of things that women can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Exercising regularly

  • Eating a healthy diet

  • Limiting alcohol consumption

  • Avoiding smoking

Skin care is important for everyone, but it can be especially important for people with breast cancer. Cancer treatment can often have side effects that affect the skin, such as dryness, itching, and redness. Here are some tips for skin care during breast cancer treatment:

  • Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers. Avoid harsh soaps and products with alcohol or fragrances.

  • Bathe or shower in lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as this can dry out your skin.

  • Apply moisturizer to your skin after bathing or showering.

  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days. Wear protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses, when outdoors.

  • Avoid using tanning beds.

If you have any concerns about your skin during cancer treatment, be sure to talk to your doctor or nurse. Here are some ways to support breast cancer awareness and skin care:

  • Donate to a breast cancer research or support organization.

  • Volunteer your time to help with breast cancer awareness or skin care education.

  • Talk to your friends and family about breast cancer and skin cancer.

  • Get regular mammograms and breast exams.

  • Protect your skin from the sun.

  • Avoid smoking.

  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

For skin care recommendations, it is important that you the speak with persons trained in Oncology to ensure that products do not contraindicate your anti-cancer therapy. Should you experience any complications while being treated for cancer, please contact your Oncologist immediately.

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