Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | October 5, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 out of 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer over her lifetime, and over 200,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Men can get breast cancer as well, although rates are significantly higher for women. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found among women. While breast cancer can occur in just about anyone, there are certain risk factors to be aware of, as well as important steps for early detection.

Risk Factors include gender (female), aging, and important genetic factors. There is now genetic testing that can be done to detect certain genes and mutations, particularly if there has been a family history of breast cancer. Other risk factors include pre-existing breast conditions, alcohol use, and being overweight. Research is still being done to determine other risk factors.

Steps for Early Detection and Lowering Risk include making sure to have screenings and exams regularly. It is recommended that women ages 40+ have mammograms annually. It is recommended that women in their 20’s and 30’s receive a clinical breast exam as part of routine health exams. These guidelines may vary depending on risk, which is why it is important to discuss screenings with a healthcare provider. More information on detection and screenings can be found at the American Cancer Society website on the following page:   http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-detection. While there is no sure way to completely prevent breast cancer yet, knowing your risk and having regular exams are proactive steps to addressing this disease. Consult a healthcare provider to assess risk, schedule screenings, and discuss lifestyle modifications to lower overall risk of breast cancer and other diseases. Your health is worth it!!

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer.  http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-key-statistics

– Breastcancer.org – http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

 

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

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