By Lauren Dwyer
Director, Strategic Account Management
An oncology nurse specializing in breast cancer education at VMS BioMarketing recently remarked about the amazing changes she had witnessed in the breast cancer patient journey over the years she had been a Clinical Nurse Educator.
"Patients are now diagnosed earlier; genetic testing is available and easy attainable," she said. "We now examine the biology of cancer cells, and treatments are tailored to the individual with targeted therapies attacking specific cellular changes. One size does not fit all and treatments, like communication techniques, are patient specific. It is an exciting time in oncology and breast cancer research!"
Despite the impressive advances in oncology, early diagnosis is still one of the most important keys to a successful outcome. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, let’s look at the early warning signs and symptoms of breast cancer so that we can become more informed and better equipped to spread this information among our female coworkers, sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends.
The following information is provided by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and much more is available on their website here. If you experience any of these abnormalities, please have it checked by your healthcare provider promptly.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers a free guide about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer to every woman who requests it. To receive the guide, please visit: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month