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Getting diagnosed with breast cancer alters your life in a lot of ways. Breaking the news to your family will be scary and hard for everyone involved.

Being diagnosed is a hard hit on its own and your family can be one of the best support systems you have. As a parent, you’ll need to help your kids understand your diagnosis and the process that lies ahead.

Take a look at the infographic down below from iscc-charity.org which provides a few tips for explaining cancer to your children.

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One of the best things a woman can do for her health are regular breast self-exams and staying alert for any unusual changes.

According to the Susan G. Komen Organization, “The most common symptoms are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.” However, warning signs of breast cancer are not always the same in everyone, so it's important to be knowledgeable of the many early symptoms. 

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area. But be aware that lumps come in different shapes and sizes and most lumps are not cancerous.
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast.
  • Change in the size or shape.
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin.
  • Itchy, scaly or rash on the nipple. 
  • Pulling in of the nipple or other areas. 
  • Sudden nipple discharge. Get this checked out, especially if the fluid comes out by itself or it is bloody.
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.

Talk to your doctor right away if you notice any of these breast changes. The best time to talk about it is right after you notice it. According to Cancer.gov, “If you notice a lump in one breast, check your other breast. If both breasts feel the same, it may be normal.” If everything checks out, continue to watch your breasts and write down any changes you see or changes you feel.  

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Sure you can make donations, wear some pink or partake in a breast cancer walk, but what about doing a breast cancer walk in heels or making cookies made into the shape of mammograms?

Make the most of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month by getting creative to support the cause. Check out these 6 funny, supportive ways people are recognizing breast cancer that will bring out a smile.


Studies have found that younger women are being diagnosed. Find out what you need to know to stay healthy.

According to the American Cancer Society, studies have found that advanced breast cancer is increasingly being diagnosed in women ages 25 to 39. The most troubling bit of information they found was that breast cancer in younger women tends to be more aggressive and has lower survival rates than breast cancer in older women. 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and whether you participate by wearing pink, choosing to donate money or signing up for a walk, there are plenty of ways for everyone to get involved!