We are well into the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to post some information that I received on a pamphlet from my doctor’s office. I had a Breast Cancer scare a few months ago and since then I have had 3 close friends who have been diagnosed, 2 that have had their breasts removed and one close family friend, is in recovery from her surgery as I type this. Breast Health is very important so please pass this information on to anyone and everyone that you know.
1. Speak to both sides of your family to see if there is any history of breast cancer.
2. Ask your doctor to assess your personal risk.
3. If your risk is high, talk with your doctor about different options – early detection screenings or procedures.
4. Reduce your risk by making necessary lifestyle changes – hormone replacement therapy, alcohol consumption, using birth control pills, lack of physical activity, etc.
5. Starting in your 20’s, begin monthly breast self-exams.
6. In your 20’s and 30’s have a clinical breast exam every 3 years.
7. Starting at age 40, have a mammogram and clinical breast exam yearly.
8. Contact your doctor immediately, if you notice any changes in your breasts – lumps, thickenings, difference in shape/size/skin texture, or any discharge.
The American Cancer Society is available 24/7 to obtain more information, visit http://www.cancer.org or 1-800-ACS-2345.