Breast Cancer Awareness

The staff here at Conkright Aesthetics wants to remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether you have had a breast augmentation or not it is still very important to have a yearly mammogram after the age of 40. For more than 20 years, October has been dedicated to being the month for National Breast Cancer Awareness. It is a time to reflect on loved ones who have won and lost the battle against breast cancer. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness toward finding a cure, including encouraging women to get a regular mammography screening.

More than 230,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 will die of the disease, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It occurs in 1 in 8 women and is the most common cancer in women, but the good news is that it can be successfully treated when detected early. It is important that women perform breast self-exams. This is a tool that may help you learn what is normal for you. The breast self-exam involves looking at and feeling your breasts on a regular basis. If any changes occur contact your health care provider right away.

Here are a few signs of breast cancer to be aware of but these signs are not the same for all women. If you notice any of these breast changes, see your health care provider:

-A lump, hard knot or thickening

-Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening

-Change in the size or shape of the breast

-Dimpling or puckering of the skin

-Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

-Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast

-Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

-New pain in one spot that does not go away

**It is very important to discuss any of these symptoms with a health care provider as soon as possible so that if breast cancer is present, it is more likely to be diagnosed at an early stage when it is most treatable.

Some people still believe that having breast implants — whether silicone or saline — can increase a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer but this is a myth, according to the chief physician for Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care. There is absolutely no link between the two. Mammography is still a safe and effective screening tool for women who have breast implants. However, it is important for a woman with implants to inform the radiologist before the procedure is performed so that the mammography machine can be specially positioned to avoid full compression of the implant and additional views may be used to see the breast tissue as the implant is pushed toward the chest wall away from the breast tissue.

On October 22nd from 10am-12pm Conkright Aesthetics is going to be holding a Pumpkin Peel Party and all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Call us today at 812.842.0240 so you can be a part of the Pumpkin Peel Party and help find a cure!

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