We know early detection is the key to successfully fighting a breast cancer diagnosis. This is especially true because in its early stages, breast cancer has little or no symptoms, but as a tumor develops, the following signs may appear. But keep in mind, while there warning signs may exist, a cancer diagnosis can only be made by a physician.
Generally, the first apparent symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast or underarm that does not go away. Breast lumps are painless, although some breast cancer patients report experiencing a prickly sensation. However, some pain or tenderness may indicate a tumor that is unseen or can't be felt. This is why a mammogram is so important in a women's health regimen, as lumps are typically visible on the test long before they are seen or felt by the woman.
Changes in the appearance of the breast can also indicate a possible tumor. For instance, an indentation in the breast, changes in size or contour, or the appearance of a reddish, pitted surface can indicate the presence of breast cancer. Any area that may appear to be distinctly different from other areas on the breast may also indicate the presence of cancer.
A woman experiencing persistent pain or the presence of an abnormal lump should contact a physician. The abnormalities may turn out to be nothing serious, but it takes a qualified professional and the appropriate screening to make that determination. Additionally, the presence of tenderness and/or swelling in the lymph glands underneath the armpit could also point towards possible breast cancer.
Thankfully, with early detection, many women survive breast cancer these days. However, there are still many unknowns to face when a diagnosis is made. Some find coping easier with hard numbers and statistics. Others find this sort of information unhelpful and perhaps overwhelming. It's important to remember that in the end, a person's prognosis can change if the cancer progresses or if treatment is successful.
What's undeniable is that more than ever, these breast cancer diagnoses have far-reaching effects. Thankfully, the work for a cure is reaching far and wide as well. Family and friends of breast cancer patients who want to raise awareness of the disease and show their support have many ways in which to do so. One especially popular choice is cancer awareness jewelry. The jewelry not only symbolizes an individual's fight with cancer, but proceeds from the purchase of breast cancer jewelry make funds available for research and a hopeful cure. Breast cancer bracelets are a great way to show support and the choices are endless.
Of course, everyone knows the symbol for the fight of breast cancer is the famous pink ribbon. Breast cancer bracelets come in a wide array of styles and many feature the pink ribbon charm. A breast cancer bracelet adorned with the pink ribbon is a wonderful reminder of a family's love and support during such a critical time. Or consider a charm bracelet decorated with meaningful charms, including the Angel of Hope charm.
In addition to the emotional support a breast cancer bracelet provides, those who invest in these bracelets are also lending their support to finding a cure. One European jewelry designer famous for the modular charm bracelet, including their Angel of Hope and pink ribbon charms, donate a portion of sales to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The charm bracelet jewelry donated a total of $25,000 to the organization, which included a portion of its sales from the breast cancer charms.
While there is nothing beautiful about cancer, that doesn't mean a friend or loved one in the fight of her life shouldn't be reminded that her life is both beautiful and meaningful. A carefully chosen breast cancer bracelet, such as a charm bracelet, can provide the encouragement and inspiration the cancer patient needs. A friend or family member might also choose an identical breast cancer bracelet to show their support. This support is priceless - and may help lead to a cure.
Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry. Pandora charms, Pandora bracelets and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.