Know the Symptoms
Early breast cancer usually doesn't cause symptoms. But as the tumor grows, it can change how the breast looks or feel.
Here the breast cancer symptoms checklist:
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area.
- A change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
- A nipple turned inward into the breast.
- Discharge (fluid) from the nipple, especially if it's bloody.
- Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast or nipple.
- The skin may have pitting so that it looks like an orange.
Source: The Breast Cancer Charities of America
Strategies for Preventing Cervical Cancer and HPV
- Educate Yourself - Knowledge is power. Ask your doctor or your healthcare professional for more information.
- Screen Regularly - Have your Pap Test regularly and HPV test when recommended by you physician.
- Decrease your Chances - According to the CDC, the only way you can totally protect yourself against HPV is to avoid any sexual activity that involves genital contact. You can decrease your chances by limiting the number of sexual partners and using a condom (although they are not completely effective because the virus can be present on areas of the skin not covered by the condom).
- Vaccinate - The HPV vaccines has been shown to significantly reduce the risk. Vaccine (Gardacil) can be given to boys and girls between the ages of 9-26 years old.
- Communicate - Know the facts and stop the misinformation and the stigma associated with cervical cancer and HPV.
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