Here at Stark & Stark several of our staff participate in fund raising activities to help prevent breast cancer. As a reminder to help protect yourself given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you should keep a few things in mind. First, remember that regular breast self examinations should be performed a few days a month. In addition, your doctor should perform a breast exam annually. Moreover, yearly mammograms are suggested if you are 40 years old or older (your doctor may have you start sooner if you have a family history of breast cancer). There is no sure way to prevent the disease but discovering breast cancer earlier maximizes your chances of survival. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control Prevention confirm that approximately 122 women out of 1000 die from developing breast cancer each year. Some types of breast cancer are:
- Ductile carcenoma which is considered the most common form of breast cancer and begins in the cells that line the milk ducts.
- Lobular carcinoma, this kind of cancer begins in the lobules of the breast. Lobules are the glands that make milk.
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer is a rare and very aggressive type of breast cancer that causes the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast to become blocked. This type of breast cancer is called "inflammatory" because the breast often looks swollen and red, or "inflamed".
Any form of breast cancer is serious and you should always consult a doctor. If you or someone you know has breast cancer, that was not timely diagnosed, please feel free to call us with questions to set up a consultation here in our Yardley, PA office.