Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Early detection saves lives.
What can I do to reduce my risk of Breast Cancer?
Although you cannot prevent breast cancer, there are some healthy habits that have shown to reduce your risk:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay physically active
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Do not smoke
- Limit alcohol consumption
According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Please practice these early detection habits regularly and set a monthly/yearly reminder in your calendar to help you remember.
- Breast self-examination (monthly) – know the changes in your breasts, such as lumps, dimpling, and redness may include abnormal tissue. Make a note of it to talk to your doctor.
- Routine mammogram (yearly)
If you experience anything abnormal, please make a clinical breast exam and physical with your doctor. For more information and FAQ’s, please go to: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-faqs/