October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we want to discuss this important subject that affects many women each year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women. More than 200,000 women and 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year! In fact, most of us have friends or family members affected by breast cancer or know of those who do.
We can be proactive in our cause by detecting breast cancer as early as possible and supporting those undergoing treatment for it. The American Cancer Society (ACS) and American College of Gynecology (ACOG) encourage women to have a self-awareness of their breasts on a regular basis, so they can know what the ‘normal’ look and feel of their breasts are and when to report a finding to their health care provider. A CBE (Clinical Breast Exam) should be performed as part of your examination by your health care provider. ACS and ACOG recommend that women have mammograms beginning at the age of 40 and thereafter to screen for signs of breast cancer at an early and more treatable stage and also to have a guideline for future mammograms. There are additional tests and procedures that may be needed based on your history. Join us in this campaign and be aware of your health!