Well Women Network

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Breast health is an essential part of a woman’s well-being. Your breasts go through many changes throughout your life, from puberty to pregnancy, to the perimenopause and post-menopausal stages.

Many of these changes are related to hormones and their varying levels, but some changes may not be normal and can be a cause of concern.

Millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. That means 1:8 women will be diagnosed.

Now let’s look at it worldwide: In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 deaths globally. As of the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, making it the world’s most prevalent cancer.

In the United States alone, breast cancer has already surpassed lung cancer as being the most diagnosed type of cancer.

Experts alike emphatically state that the most important factor affecting a successful outcome in treating breast cancer is early detection.

Breast Self Exams also known as (BSE) can be one of those early detection measures.

So, today’s episode is all about giving you the information you need to know to be your #1 self-care advocate when it comes to your breast health.

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