Expatriate Lifestyle - - Health, Fitness & Wellness -

It isn’t clear ex­actly when the month of Oc­to­ber be­came syn­ony­mous with breast can­cer aware­ness, but the move­ment has spread across the globe.

You’ll see many sport­ing the pink rib­bon this month at var­i­ous aware­ness events such as char­ity golf tour­na­ments, char­ity balls, talks and more.

Breast can­cer is the num­ber one type of can­cer in women world­wide and ac­counts for over a quar­ter of all can­cer cases. Even though men can get it too, it’s over a hun­dred times more com­mon in women than men.

Symp­toms in­clude:

- A hard lump in the breast - A change in breast shape - Fluid leak­ing from the nip­ple - Skin turn­ing red and scaly - Bone pain - Swollen lymph nodes

De­pend­ing on the sever­ity of the can­cer, treat­ment op­tions range from breast con­ser­va­tion surgery (only re­moves part of the breast) to mas­tec­tomy (re­moval of the en­tire breast).

Mas­tec­tomies are some­times also done as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure; Hol­ly­wood su­per­star An­gelina Jolie un­der­went a pre­ven­ta­tive dou­ble mas­tec­tomy in 2013 for just this rea­son.

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