Did you know that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? At that current rate, that means 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.
The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being female) and age (growing older). Other factors can be changed by making choices. By choosing the healthiest lifestyle options possible, you can empower yourself and make sure your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.
Reduce Risk Factors:
- Do not smoke
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Exercise at least three hours per week or about 30 minutes a day
- Eat a nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables
The National Breast Cancer Foundation launches the annual campaign by raising awareness during the month of October. The endeavor begins today, October 1, 2016 and lasts through the end of the month. Getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early.
Early Detection Strategies:
- Recognize signs & symptoms
- Perform a monthly breast self-exam (BSE)
- Have an annual clinical breast exam
- Screen for abnormalities with a mammogram
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has established a uniform way for radiologists to describe mammogram findings. The system, called BI-RADS, includes seven standardized categories, or levels. Each BI-RADS category has a follow-up plan associated with it to help radiologists and other physicians appropriately manage a patient’s care.
Some state and local health programs and employers provide mammograms free or at low cost. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinates the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This program provides screening services, including clinical breast exams and mammograms, to low-income, uninsured women throughout the United States and in several U.S. territories. Contact information for local programs is available on the CDC website or by calling 1–800–CDC–INFO (1–800–232–4636).
Information about free or low-cost mammography screening programs is also available from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Cancer Information Service at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422–6237) and from local hospitals, health departments, women’s centers, or other community groups.
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