A malignant growth found in the tissues of the breast, better known as breast cancer, occurs when certain cells begin to change abnormally and uncontrollably.
The cells that begin to change, attack neighboring tissues, easily spreading throughout the body via the blood stream or lymph vessels. This process is called metastasizing.
When these cells begin to spread, they establish new growths at distant sites. If an abnormal growth is found, it's quite possible it may not be cancerous.
Benign tumors do not metastasize, and are not cancerous. There are many unanswered questions as to the process leading to breast cancer.
However, there is evidence that certain factors are involved: diet, a family history of breast cancer, particularly in your mother, sisters(s), or daughters, age - in general the older you are the greater your risk, and conditions such as fibrocystic disease all contribute in some way to breast cancer.
It is also more common in white rather than among black women.
The majority of breast cancer grows slowly and if left undetected will continue to travel in the blood stream throughout the rest of the body. It could take a number of years before the cancer grows into the size of a pea, as the growth period can be a very slow process.
Early detection is the single most critical defense against the long-term effects of breast cancer. It can be treated successfully when detected early and treated promptly.
The awareness of breast health is of utmost importance. BSE is often incorrectly done and may even lead to a false sense of security. Some women hesitate to do BSE because they don't know what they're looking for.
Sunbeam has created a:
Breast Self-Exam Program
Makes testing for breast irregularities a very simple process. It is an easy and personalized 12-month plan encouraging complete breast health.
Program elements include:
• BSE Reminder
• Instructional Video
• Shower Exam Card
• History Card
Electronic device is designed to be programmed with a woman's individual cycle, to remind her when the optimal time is to do her monthly exam.
It alerts for 12 months' worth of exams and reminds her to undergo a recommended annual exam after one year - operates as a women's self exam calendar.
Manufactured with shock resistant and waterproof materials to adhere to any surface or environment (shower or vanity).
Informative eleven-minute instructional video, produced in cooperation with the Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, one of North America's leading medical centers.
Information about who's at risk.
Demonstration of various methods of how to do a breast self exam.
Demonstration of how to use the reminder device.
Information on resources and support groups.
Shower Exam Card
Waterproof guide outlining how to perform a breast self exam.
Establishes a baseline for women to make month-to-month comparisons and chart any changes that occur.
BREAST CANCER FACTS
1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
There are approximately 10,000 new cases in Canada each year.
Breast cancer is the Number One cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 52.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in North American women, and the second leading cause of cancer death, surpassed by only lung cancer.
Every 12 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
Most breast irregularities are discovered by women themselves, not by their doctor.