October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

Posted by GPWHC on 3 October 2016

It’s October!  That means cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and everything becomes pink for breast cancer awareness month.   Breast cancer is so widespread in the United States that an average of 1 in every 8 women, and 1 in 1,000 men, will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.  It is second to lung cancer as the leading cause of death in women from a form of cancer, causing an estimated 40,450 deaths in 2015.  A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer doubles if an immediate family member has it, but almost 85% of cases have no previous family history. 

The statistics can be alarming, so how do you prevent it?  While there is no way to completely prevent cancer of any kind, early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment.  Annual gynecological exams and monthly breast exams are vital to early detection, as are staying aware of changes in your health. You may want to start screening if you are over 40 or at a higher risk.  Some symptoms that should be of concern are a lump (or lumps) in breast tissue, bloody discharge from your nipple(s) or changes in the texture of your breast(s), but there are often no symptoms associated with breast cancer, which is why regular self-exams, mammograms, and annual health exams are critical to early detection. 

Studies have shown that unhealthy lifestyle choices can play a huge role in the frequency of breast cancer. The doctors and practitioners at Great Plains Women’s Health always recommend regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and not drinking alcohol to help prevent or delay a myriad of illnesses and diseases.  If you have any questions or concerns about your risk of developing breast cancer, or are experiencing any suspicious symptoms, please schedule an appointment with us today, it could save your life. 

 





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