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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on 10/3/2012

October is breast cancer awareness month and as a 13 year breast cancer survivor I wanted to provide women with information they can use to help prevent the disease, since it claims so many lives each year.  Early detection and prevention is key in battling this disease.

The following symptoms are red flags that one should pay attention to and plan to visit their doctor to further investigate the issue, although it is important to note that not all these symptoms necessarily will lead to a breast cancer diagnosis. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling of all or part of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • A lump in the underarm area
  • Changes in the size or symmetry of breasts
  • Presence of unusual or new bumps

For more information about breast cancer and breast cancer awareness month, visit cancer.org.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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