Off The Charts with Nurse Cathy
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
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.