Breast Cancer Awareness

October 28, 2022

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. There were 264,121 new cases of breast cancer reported in the U.S. in 2019, the latest year that data is available, and 42,280 women died of this cancer. In Alabama, 4,100 cases of breast cancer were reported in 2019. Warning signs of breast cancer include: a lump in the breast or underarm (armpit); thickening or swelling of the breast; irritation or dimpling of breast skin; redness, pain or flaky skin in the nipple area of the breast; discharge from the nipple (other than breast milk and including blood); and change in the size or shape of the breast. To help lower the risk of breast cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following: keep a healthy weight, be physically active and get regular mammograms to help detect breast cancer early.

(Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)