What a victory day for a man who suspended his PGA tour just last May because his 38-year-old wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Associated Press noted: “Even sweeter than Phil Mickelson slipping into another green jacket was seeing his wife waiting for him behind the 18th green at Augusta National with tears streaming down her face.
“Amy Mickelson had not been at a golf tournament since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 months ago.” Mickelson wins Masters and gets long embrace
Sports.espn said, “According to a release from Mickelson’s management company, his wife was to have more tests but begin treatment, with major surgery, as early as the next two weeks.”Amy Mickelson, Phil Mickelson’s wife, has breast cancer;
Breast Cancer: what every woman should know
From BreastCancer.org – Breast Cancer Treatment Information and Pictures, here are the statistics:
- Breast cancer incidence in women in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).
- In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,280 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
Initially, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms. A lump may be too small for you to feel or to cause any unusual changes you can notice on your own. Often, an abnormal area turns up on a screening mammogram (x-ray of the breast), which leads to further testing.
In some cases, however, the first sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast that you or your doctor can feel. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But sometimes cancers can be tender, soft, and rounded. So it’s important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor. Symptoms & Diagnosis
According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer:
- swelling of all or part of the breast
- skin irritation or dimpling
- breast pain
- nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
- redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- a nipple discharge other than breast milk
- a lump in the underarm area Symptoms of Breast Cancer
This is a very good source of information written in easy to understand language Understanding Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society
Another good resource for women, this is what the ACS says this about finding breast cancer
The term screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease like cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work. The goal is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are the most important factors in predicting the outlook for the patient. Most doctors feel that tests for finding breast cancer early save many thousands of lives each year. Following the guidelines given here improves the chances that breast cancer can be found at an early stage and treated with success.
ACS recommendations for finding breast cancer early
The ACS recommends the following guidelines for finding breast cancer early in women without symptoms:
Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should keep on doing so for as long as they are in good health. While mammograms can miss some cancers, they are still a very good way to find breast cancer.
Clinical breast exam: Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular exam by a health expert, at least every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health expert every year. It might be a good idea to have the CBE shortly before the mammogram. You can use the exam to learn what your own breasts look and feel like.
Breast self-exam (BSE): BSE is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to a health expert right away.
Research has shown that BSE plays a small role in finding breast cancer compared with finding a breast lump by chance or simply being aware of what is normal for each woman. How Is Breast Cancer Found?
Still more information is listed with the National Cancer Institute. Breast Cancer
It is helpful to review all sites to see which best helps you to answer questions that could be vital to your well-being.
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