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October 6, 2021
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, you can’t prevent breast cancer, but there are steps you can take to be proactive about your health.
Early detection means finding cancer before it spreads. Early detection provides the greatest possibility of successful treatment. By following three simple steps, you will increase your chance of detecting cancer early.
- Self-Breast Exam – Performing self-breast exams on yourself once a month can help you familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Knowing this will help you recognize any changes in your breasts, such as a lump or thickening in/near the breast, discharge from the nipple, or changes in size and shape. Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of these changes, but don’t panic, most lumps are not cancer.
- Well-Woman Exam – It’s recommended women visit their gynecologist each year for a Well-Woman Exam. In addition to a routine pelvic exam and pap smear, the health care provider may perform a breast exam to locate any abnormalities. You should talk with your doctor about any breast cancer history in your family during this time. They can help you decide the most appropriate frequency for early detection steps.
- Mammogram – A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas. It’s important to get a mammogram because most times, breast cancer doesn’t cause symptoms in the early stages. The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1-2 years. Even women over 40 who have no symptoms and no known risks for breast cancer should have regularly scheduled mammograms to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible time.
For more information, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation webpage.
Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In this Better Health in 90 video, Vice President of Kinetiq Health Sarah Michaels, RN discusses ways to early detect breast cancer for the greatest possibility of successful treatment.
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