October is breast cancer awareness month. Sharing information about breast cancer and early detection is key to preserving good health in our communities. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer amongst women after skin cancer. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Mammograms can help detect cancer early before it spreads. Per the World Health Organization, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing. But treatment outcomes are improving; Diagnosing early in the condition improves the effectivity of treatment. And although it is rare in men, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
Susan G Komen hosts walks to help raise funds for research and effective treatment for breast cancer. Visit the Susan G Komen to donate or join a team of fundraisers.
Some tips on reducing breast cancer risk include: Limiting alcohol, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active. Breast feeding has also been to shown to play a protective role against breast cancer. It is recommended to avoid environmental pollution and excessive radiation.
There is no sure way to prevent cancer in general. One can only reduce the risks. In order to detect breast cancer early, the American Cancer society recommends a yearly mammogram for women after the age of 40. A monthly breast self-exam done on oneself is a helpful check.
At Museum Smiles, we care about our patients’ overall health. And honor all the breast cancer survivors that we are privileged to serve. We encourage our patients to keep up with regular physician and dental check-ups. And are grateful for the wellness of our patient family.