October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To Honor our Breast Cancer Survivors, the office of Dr. Mark Bishara & The Paragon Med Spa offer Breast Cancer patients Free Radiation Tattoo Removal. For patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery and have completed radiation therapy, we offer free tattoo removal for their radiation tattoos. Please call our office to schedule your appointment at (817) 473-2120.
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Understanding Your Breasts

Many changes will occur in your breasts during your lifetime. Yet, many women do not know much about their breasts unless they breastfeed or they have a problem. Learning about breast structure (anatomy) and how the breasts function can help you understand which changes are normal and which are not. This is a good first step to find out about breast cancer and benign (not cancer) breast conditions.

The breasts are made up of fat and breast tissue, along with nerves, veins, arteries and connective tissue that helps hold everything in place. Throughout puberty and menopause, the look, structure and function of the breasts change.

Age and Breast Cancer

The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are:

  • Being female
  • Getting older

All women are at risk for breast cancer. The risk of getting breast cancer increases as you age. Most breast cancers and breast cancer deaths occur in women aged 50 and older.
No matter your age, you should know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any changes, see your health care provider. Learn about the warning signs of breast cancer.

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

Warning signs   lumpWarning signs   swelling
Warning signs   change in size or shapeWarning signs   dimpling or puckering
Warning signs   nipple rashWarning signs   pulling in of nipple
Warning signs   nipple dischargeWarning signs   pain

Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography.  The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. Below are more organizations

Susan G. Komen® — promises to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
For information and support, call 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636), www.komen.org
American Cancer Society — provides medical information, treatment decision tools, news updates and support resources. 1-800-ACS-2345, www.cancer.org
American Society of Clinical Oncology — has goals of improving cancer care and prevention and ensuring that all patients with cancer receive the highest quality care. 1-888-282-2552, www.asco.org
Food and Drug Administration Breast Implant Information — answers questions about breast implants. www.fda.gov
Living Beyond Breast Cancer — offers programs and services to women affected by breast cancer, caregivers and health care providers. 1-888-753-LBBC, www.lbbc.org
This information is brought to you courtesy of Dr. Mark Bishara & The Paragon Med Spa