Every day in New Zealand seven women find out that they have breast cancer, well one in nine Kiwi women will at some stage in their lives face a battle with breast cancer. While the odds of surviving breast cancer are good (92 percent chance of surviving 10 years or more if the cancer is detected via a mammogram), mammograms are not recommended until women reach the age of 40. So where does this leave younger women who do not need to go for regular mammograms?
While most women who develop breast cancer are over the age of 55, there are a number of younger women who are diognosed with breast cancer every year and for this reason, it’s important for all women to be aware of the warning signs of breast cancer. According to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, 60 percent of young women do not know what the warning signs of breast cancer actually are and many young women assume that unless they have an obvious lump, there is nothing to worry about.
At the end of the day, knowing the symptoms could save your life. If you are worried about any of your symptoms, make sure you make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible.
1. Nipple tenderness or discharge
2. Change in skin texture or increase size of skin pores
3. A cough that won’t go away
4. Lack of energy
5. A lump in your armpit
6. Increased breast size
7. Back pain
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To find out how you can support the the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation check out their website.