This Mother’s Day, and every day, it’s important to have the women in our lives healthy so we may continue to celebrate the joys of life with them. By sharing the latest scientific research in prevention and detection techniques, more mothers can enjoy their special day with their families. The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) is not only endeavoring to raise funds for breast cancer research, its focus is also on prevention, early detection, and advocacy. The FBCF wants to empower women to be aware of their individual risk factors, make healthy lifestyle choices, and know how to recognize the early signs of breast cancer for their body. Subsequently, many more mothers can reduce their risk of breast cancer which has already taken the lives of so many.
The foundation recommends being mindful of changes in each person’s unique breast area. If anything feels different or unusual, it is probably time for a medical breast examination conducted by a health professional.
If you notice any of the following changes to your body, you should discuss them with your doctor to see if they are abnormal:
- Lumps, knots, or thickening of skin on breast or underarm
- Changes in size or shape of breast
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes similar in appearance to an orange peel)
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness or the form of “scales” on skin
- Thickening of the nipple or breast skin
Additionally, there are general health measures that can be taken that have been known to lessen the risk of developing breast cancer.
To date, the best-known forms of prevention are the following:
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Avoiding any type of smoking
- Controlling your weight so it is within a healthy range
- Exercising Regularly
This Mother’s Day, the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation would like to make every moment count. In order to save more lives, be sure to propagate the signs and prevention recommendations to every mother you know. Help spread the word on behalf of the FBCF.
About the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in education and research grants in an effort to cure breast cancer. Pickups for Breast Cancer is a free pickup service provided by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation that collects household donations such as clothes, shoes, accessories, home décor, electronics, household items and more. This program is an integral part of our fundraising activities. When you schedule your free donation pickup, you can choose the location and day of the pickup so that it is convenient for you. You do not even have to be present at the time of pickup. Simply leave your items in bags and boxes outside your front door and our driver will collect the donations and leave behind a tax-deductible receipt. You can free your home from unwanted clutter while funding quality programs and research centers dedicated to ending breast cancer! Together we can make a difference. Together we WILL End Breast Cancer.