For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Service Champions will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen for every tune-up performed in the month of October.
Help us make a big impact against breast cancer by scheduling your Pinktober tune-up today
We also encourage you to make a donation on the Susan G. Komen website to support metastatic breast cancer research. All funds raised from October 2 through December 31, 2017 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Odonate Therapeutics and an affiliated partner.
Did You Know?
In 2017, it’s estimated that among U.S. women there will be:
- 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
- 40,610 breast cancer deaths
- An additional 63,410 new cases of in situ lesions of the breast will be diagnosed
Source: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017.
What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer, too.
Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer and can spread to other areas. To learn more about cancer and how all cancers start and spread, see Cancer Basics.
Source: American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health. Finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. But knowing what to look for does not take the place of having regular mammograms and other screening tests. Screening tests can help find breast cancer in its early stages, before any symptoms appear.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass, lump, or breast change checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. Swollen lymph nodes should also be checked by a health care provider.
Although any of these symptoms can be caused by things other than breast cancer, if you have them, they should be reported to a health care professional so that the cause can be found.
Because mammograms do not find every breast cancer, it is important for you to be aware of changes in your breasts and to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Source: American Cancer Society
Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented?
There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk. This can be especially helpful for women with certain risk factors for breast cancer, such as having a strong family history or certain gene changes.
Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at higher-than-average risk for breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer happens and can happen to anyone. When caught early, it is treatable. The Susan G. Komen organization has been instrumental in providing funding for breast cancer education, research, global outreach, and public policy initiatives. We are proud to support Susan G. Komen by donating $5 for every tune-up we perform in October.