It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month for women AND men
October is breast cancer awareness month. It's a disease that can affect everyone. You probably know someone affected by it. Robin Meade talked with Dr. Lisa Masterson about her experience with the disease and what steps women AND men can take to detect it early or even lower their risk for developing it.
Start by eating right, drinking less alcohol and don't smoke. She says women and men both need to be aware of their bodies. Look for changes in the breast, like nipple discharge, dimpling of the skin and lumps. Women especially should (in addition to their yearly checkup) do a breast self-exam. Dr. Masterson says many of her patients find lumps on their own between exams.
In her book "Paper Dollhouse" Lisa writes about the death of her mother due to breast cancer. She says it was very difficult and she wanted to share that with people. Now she's going "full force" to combat breast cancer.
Dr. Lisa Masterson is an OB/GYN Physician, a Co-Host on "The Doctors" and author of the book "Paper Dollhouse."