October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is officially breast cancer awareness month! Although a mammogram is the best way to determine if you have breast cancer, when you’re familiar with what your breasts look and feel like through a self-breast exam, you’re more likely to detect a lump or other abnormalities that should be checked out by your doctor.


These following statistics provided by University of Vermont Cancer Center (2021)...•

• 1 in 8 women get breast cancer.

• Breast cancer is found in all genders and transgenders.

• 1% of men get breast cancer.

• 10-15% of breast cancer is hereditary.


Learn more from these resources provided by the University of Vermont Cancer Center.


Here’s how to do a self-exam:

https://www.uvmhealth.org/medcenter/wellness-resources/health-library/hw3791

1 in 100 of all breast cancers that are diagnosed in the U.S. are found in men. Here’s more information on male breast cancer:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/men/index.htm




The following articles are from University of California (2016).


Screening for breast cancer in transgender women

https://transcare.ucsf.edu/guidelines/breast-cancer-women


Breast cancer screening in transgender men

https://transcare.ucsf.edu/guidelines/breast-cancer-men


(As VTBF continues its mission to increase breast cancer awareness and continues the search for up to date resources regarding these subjects, please keep in mind, this and any other future blog posts by VTBF regarding any medical information should only be used as a potential guide. Always consult a physician if you suspect you have a medical condition and or need medical attention).





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