The month of October has grown to be known as breast cancer awareness month. During October, several organizations, including the National Breast Cancer Foundation, work towards educating women about breast cancer while raising money to help research. A big focus for this year is early detection and how women can help themselves when detecting breast cancer.
Current statistics show that at least one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While that number may seem hopeless, statistics also show that early detection has a five year survival rate of 98%, meaning that women need to take charge of their health and work towards early detection. Some steps women can take when working towards early detection include:
- Creating an early detection plan.
- Conducting a breast exam yourself.
- Visiting your doctor regularly for a breast exam.
- Having an annual mammogram conducted.
While these steps are helpful in detecting breast cancer in its early stages, women must also know what signs and symptoms to be aware of. These include:
- Change in the size and shape of breasts.
- Change in the texture of breasts.
- Clear or bloody nipple discharge.
- Nipple sensitivity.
- Thickening around the breast, specifically near the armpit.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, the next step is to not panic. Call your doctor to explain your symptoms. Experiencing a symptom does not mean you have cancer, but precautions should always be taken.
During breast cancer awareness month, patients are encouraged to be confident in their road to treatment and recovery. Many women feel ashamed in their appearance while fighting breast cancer, whether it is through the loss of hair or the loss of a breast. At Wigs and Hair Solutions, we understand what women are going through when suffering from breast cancer. We offer custom human hair wigs along with ready to wear synthetic wigs. If you hair loss isn’t severe, we also offer toppers and partial pieces. Let us help you regain control of your life and fight the disease. When you walk through our doors for your initial consultation, you will never feel ashamed or embarrassed. Owner Bonnie Grauer is a 9 year breast cancer survivor, who sympathizes and relates with every woman who walks through her doors.
To schedule an initial consultation with Wigs and Hair Solutions in Columbia, call us today at 410-720-8588. You can also visit us in the Medical Pavilion at Howard County.
To learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation page here.