Breast Cancer Awareness

CARE’s October meeting

Wednesday, October 6th at 7 P.M. on Zoom

Each month CARE (Citizens Addressing Racial Equity) will discuss issues that affect and concern our community and how we’re able to enact change that benefits us all.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Our guest speakers are Senator Marilyn Moore and Sandra Fisher.  The Zoom meeting link follows for you to join in the meeting:

https://www.facebook.com/StratfordCARE

According to the CDC:

    • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American Women.
    • Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat, and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.
    • Symptoms can vary and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include…
  • any change in the size or shape of the breast
  • pain in any area of the breast
  • nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • a new lump in the breast or underarm

Risk Factors include 

  • Being a woman
  • Being older (most breast cancers found in women 50 and older
  • Having changes in your BRCA1 or BRCA 2 genes

Steps to reduce risk

  • Keep a healthy weight and exercise
  • Don’t drink alcohol or limit the amount of alcohol
  • If taking hormone replacements or birth control, talk to your doctor about the risks
  • Breastfeed your children if possible

*It is important to see a doctor right away if you notice any changes in your breast*

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