Moving beyond awareness and into peace-of-mind with annual mammograms
marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our
knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise
awareness of how we can help fight it.
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 245,000 women are
diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S., and more than 40,000 women
die from the disease. In fact, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer
among American women. So, it’s vital that we take the opportunity to focus on
this disease and how we can help minimize its impact on our health.
fight doesn’t end on October 31. Taking the right steps to combat this disease
includes staying informed and taking care of your health all year, including
having an annual mammogram.
If you’re 40
or older, it’s a good idea to schedule a mammogram each year. A mammogram is a
simple, routine screening that helps detect breast cancer earlier than waiting
for symptoms to appear. Early detection is a crucial factor in effectively
fighting breast cancer. Most women with breast cancer have no risk factors and
no medical history of the disease, and some don’t even have symptoms. A
mammogram can detect the disease before symptoms appear, and early detection
can also result in an easier treatment plan if cancer is discovered.
While most breast
cancer cases occur in women 50 and older, women younger than 45 account for
about 10 percent of new cases in the U.S., and some younger women are at higher
risk than others. Regular mammograms are recommended for women 40 and older,
but if you are at higher risk, you may need to begin annual screenings sooner.
It’s smart to talk with your provider about your risks and ask about the best
time for you to get started with regular mammograms.
annual screenings, there are a number of steps you can take to help lower your
risk for breast cancer, including regular exercise, adequate sleep, healthy
eating, limited alcohol intake and avoidance of chemicals that can cause
This October, step beyond awareness and into the peace-of-mind that comes from ensuring that you’re taking care of yourself and doing what you can to stay on the road to good health all year long.
If you would like to schedule a mammogram or talk with a doctor about your breast health, UP Health System can help. Talk to your primary care provider today.