You Should Know
Every woman is at risk for breast cancer and must be monitored for any problems. African American woman under the age of 40 need to seek treatment as early as possible since they are more likely to have fast developing tumors that will turn deadly. Immediate screenings are necessary to keep track of the cancer and begin the next step to treating it. Elderly black woman may delay medical attention or may not know the risk factors of the cancer causing them to be more at risk. Men are also qualified to get breast cancer as the symptoms are the same as women. Self-check your chest for any unusual changes due to breast cancer. If you see any of the following signs, seek medical attention immediately. A lump in the pecs, chest, collarbone, nipples, torso or underarms. Any clear or pus-like fluid discharging from the nipples. Any change to skin such as the color or texture. Educate yourself of your family’s history with cancer such as; colon cancer, ovary cancer, and prostate cancer to see if you may carry the gene. Change up your daily routines such as eating habits and exercise to better your health and keep risk factors low. The earlier you detect is the earlier you can get checked and treated.
- Monthly Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
- Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) by your health care provider
- Screening Mammogram, every year starting at age 35
- If you don’t know how, “Ask somebody”. Seek early medical treatment; save your breasts, save your life.
- Black/African American women under the age of 40 are more likely to develop breast cancer than white women in the same age bracket; tumors are more aggressive; and tend to be especially deadly.
- Because of the biological and racial differences in breast cancer mortality, research studies have concluded that early and frequent breast cancer screenings are essential to increasing the survival advantages for black women.
- While the nationally recommended age for mammograms and breast exams is age 40, the AABCA and other African American health officials recommend earlier breast cancer detection screenings and mammograms to help reduce the numbers of deaths within the black population.