Health Unit Hosts Breast Cancer Month Seminar

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A breast cancer awareness program was presented Friday afternoon at the Red River Parish Health Unit. Over 30 folks signed in to get information on breast cancer. It is part of the health unit’s educational program in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Health Unit Nursing Supervisor Yashica Turner told the Journal, “This was a great turnout! We provided a presentation and information brochures on breast cancer. There are breast self examination videos available also.”

Turner said, “Both men and women should check themselves once a month, looking for signs of breast cancer. Yes, men can get breast cancer. We have one gentleman here today who is a breast cancer survivor.

One of the diagnostic tools is a mammogram. Information distributed at the event Friday said that in Red River Parish more than 30 percent of women have not had a mammogram. The CDC recommends most women 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.

Here are the symptoms of breast cancer from the Centers for Disease Control:
1. A new lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
2. Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
3. Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
4. Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area of the breast.
5. Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
6. Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
7. Any change in the size or shape of the breast.
8. Pain in the breast.

Turner said anyone experiencing these symptoms should get then checked out by their physician. For further information, call the Red River Parish Health Unit at 932-4087.

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