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Off The Charts with Nurse Cathy

Off the Charts-Blog Logo-August 2021-Better

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We remember and honor those who have lost their lives to this disease and celebrate those who have won their battles against breast cancer. 

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women with skin cancer ranking number one.  Each year in the United States, there are 250,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,300 new cases of breast cancer in men.  Although most breast cancer diagnosis occur in women age 50 or older, men are also at risk for developing this disease.  Women 45 years old or younger are not immune either.  About 11 percent of all new cases are found in women 45 years or younger.

On the positive side, the death rate from breast cancer has declined largely due to early detection and the advancements in breast cancer treatment.  Approximately 42,000 women and 510 men succumb to breast cancer annually.

Early detection of breast cancer is critical in fighting the disease.  The sooner the diagnosis and treatment begins outcomes improve.  Mammograms are still the best method to screen for breast cancer.  A mammogram may detect breast cancer even prior to a person experiencing signs or symptoms of the disease.

The risk for developing breast cancer is due to a combination of many factors with the primary factors being a woman and aging.  Having risk factors does not mean you are doomed to get the disease.  In fact, most women with risk factors do not develop breast cancer.  Women who are at average risk, between the ages of 50-74, should have a mammogram screening at least every 2 years.  Those at higher risk for developing breast cancer would most likely benefit from screenings beginning at age 40.

The three basic lifestyle changes an individual can make to reduce the chance of developing breast cancer are:  1) Maintain a healthy weight; 2) Engage in regular physical exercise, and 3) Avoid alcohol or at least limit intake to no more than one drink per day.

Discuss with your doctor his/her recommendation for breast cancer screening and schedule your appointment.  Be a “Pink Warrior”!  Need a PCP?  Contact Nurse Cathy at [email protected] or call 614-645-NURS for assistance in locating a physician.

Stay Healthy!


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