Parish Nurse Update : October 9, 2011

posted Oct 12, 2011, 10:29 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
Parish Nurse Update: Risk factors for developing breast cancer include the following: Age:your chances rise as you get older, genes, a personal and/or a family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, daughter), early menstruation (periods before age 12), having first child later in life or never have given birth, radiation treatment to the breast/chest, obesity especially after menopause, and alcohol consumption. Early breast cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms but as it grows the appearance of your breast can change such as: a lump or thickening in the breast or under the arm, a change in the size or shape of the breast, puckering or dimpling in the breast skin (The skin may be ridged or pitted like an orange), a nipple turned inward into the breast, fluid discharge from the nipple, especially if it is bloody, and scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast or nipple. These symptoms can also happen with other conditions too. If you have any concerns or have any symptoms contact your Dr/NP for advice and treatment. (,8/11). For questions on other health care issues, resources, or referrals call our office at 6359261. Blessings!