October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means that television shows, magazines, and web articles will be reminding women all over the country to check for breast cancer. Every year in the U.S. more than 200,000 women find out that they have breast cancer and over 40,000 women will die from it. As a woman it is important to check for lumps at home and, once you are over the age of 50, to get a mammogram every other year.
With breast cancer rates so high most people know someone with the disease who wishes they could have known sooner. While some symptoms are obvious, some people have mild or no symptoms at all. If cancer is left unrecognized by doctors then it can start as an easily removed lump and turn to a deadly disease.