Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Early detection dictates the treatment protocol and increases your chances of full remission. Take charge of your health by following these simple guidelines by the ACS:
- Women ages 40 to 44 can choose to start mammogram screenings every year.
- Women ages 45 to 54 should receive mammograms every year.
- Women ages 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year or continue yearly screenings.
Research does not show any benefit of regular clinical breast exams or breast self-exams for women of any age. Breast cancer is usually detected when a woman discovers a symptom during usual activities like bathing or dressing. However, women should know how their breasts usually look and feel and report any changes to a physician right away.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Week, focus on fighting breast cancer with an early diagnosis — this includes seeking recommended screenings and becoming an advocate for other women. With one in eight women affected by breast cancer, chances are high you know someone in the battle. This month — like every month — think pink, stay healthy, and celebrate your health.