October 1st marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are we all know someone that has been affected by breast cancer. Approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., equating to 12% of women. Not only is breast cancer the most common cancer diagnosed amongst women, but it’s also the second leading cause of death by cancer for women. It might be the case that a month isn’t enough to spread awareness about this disease. It’s crucial to be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. The most common symptoms of breast cancer are the appearance of a new lump or mass, swelling, skin irritation, breast or nipple pain. Regular home exams can help monitor symptoms between regular mammograms and screenings by your doctor. Chances of surviving breast cancer and remission increase significantly when the disease is found and treated in early stages. Visit your healthcare professional today to discuss the measures you should take to stay ahead of breast cancer and visit BreastCancer.org for more information.