October is here once again. Not only is this month known for the bringing of fall weather, football and Halloween but it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For those who do not know, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Many people are aware of breast cancer, but are not aware of the steps and ways to detect the disease, which in my opinion is most important. Being able to identify the symptoms and signs beforehand could help prevent the loss of many lives.

To start, it is important to know the symptoms and early warning signs breast cancer may have. These can include a change in breast skin or a lump in the breast. Also, any change in how the nipple looks or feels should catch your attention.

Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional.

Breast cancer can happen in both men and women. Performing a self breast-exam each month and looking for any abnormalities will help  with prevention. Any changes should be discussed with a doctor or physician. Be sure to especially look for a lump closer to the armpit.

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, meaning there is no way to prevent it.

However, there are many steps that may be taken to reduce the risks.

Knowing the symptoms and knowing your body and how it works can only benefit you in the end.