October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells invade surrounding tissues or spread to other areas of the body.
As people learn more about breast cancer, knowing your body can help you make informed decisions, have a better dialogue with your doctor and be aware of anything unusual.
Once a month, doctors encourage women of all ages to perform breast self-exams. While mammograms can help detect breast cancer, a self-exam can help you familiarize yourself with your body.
Also, even though it is very rare, men can also develop breast cancer. Less than one percent of all breast cancer cases develop in men.
On Oct. 2, Michelle Wilson with the Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Breast Center spoke with 25 News Anchor Joe Gumm about the importance of getting checked.
Every Wednesday through October, different experts will come and speak to 25 News during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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