This week on the blog we’re going to fixate on something that is near and dear to our hearts here at Curb Appeal Renovations. As some of you may or may not know, our very own Robin Burrill, CEO and interior designer of Curb Appeal Renovations, is a fearless fighter AND survivor of breast cancer.
Since October marks the month in which we recognize and spotlight breast cancer, we would like to dedicate this blog to providing important information that we want our clients and viewers to know.
The following information was found from The American Cancer Society. Click HERE to be directed to their homepage.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast – even if there is no distinct visible lump.
- If you notice skin irritation or dimpling.
- If you’re experiencing breast or nipple pain.
- If there is any nipple retraction (turning inward).
- If you’re experiencing redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin.
- If there is nipple discharge OTHER than breast milk.
- Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone.
If you’re experiencing any of these signs and symptoms it is strongly urged that you go to your local doctor to find the determining cause. The importance of knowing is also beneficial because mammograms may not always find all traces of breast cancer. It’s very important to know the signs and symptoms of oncoming breast cancer in order to help early diagnosis and/or prevention.
How can you help a loved one or stranger who has been diagnosed?
The American Cancer Society has a program called Reach To Recovery. With this program, survivors of cancer can learn how to be a recovery volunteer and help those to cope while going through this experience. Reach To Recovery volunteers may offer guidance via face to face visits, or phone calls. These volunteers not only provide support for the patient, but also for the family and loved ones of the patient as well. These volunteers that are survivors of cancer are able to give support, understanding, and hope because they too have gone through this experience and have gone on to live successful and productive lives. To find more information on becoming a Reach To Recovery volunteer, please click HERE.
Although most cases of breast cancer are found in women, it is very possible for men to be diagnosed as well. The American Cancer Society provides a guide for men to refer to in order to gather more information. Click HERE to view that guide.
In addition to The American Cancer Society’s website, check out www.standup2cancer.org. This organization is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. Donations are available online if you feel compelled to help.
Ladies, and gentlemen, please remember the importance of being checked yearly for signs and symptoms of developing cancer cells!