Friday, October 4, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Breast Cancer Awareness

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.
  • 41,760 women will die of breast cancer this year.
  • Although rare, even men can get breast cancer. In fact, 2,670 men will be diagnosed this year.
  • Early detection is key!
  • If diagnosed at the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
  • In addition to seeing your provider yearly for a clinical breast exam, a self-breast exam should be done monthly. If you are having menstrual periods, the best time to do this is right after your period.
  • Notify your provider of any breast lumps, tenderness, nipple discharge, or skin changes
  • To lower your risk of breast cancer: don’t smoke, limit alcohol intake, eat fruits and vegetables, stay physically active and maintain a healthy weight
  • After age 40, mammograms are recommended ever 1-2 years. Please contact your provider if you are overdue for your mammogram.