October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What you need to know about breast cancer and how to prevent it
Breast cancer can be successfully treated with early detection. Here are some breast cancer facts, figures and warning signs:
• About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the most common cancer among American women after skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.
• In 2015, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths, according to the Susan G. Komen website.
• Breast cancer warning signs include lumps or hard knots in the breasts. Thickening inside the breast or underarm area. Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breasts. A change in the size or shape of the breast, or dimpling or puckering of the skin. Nipple discharge that suddenly starts and new pain in one spot that does not go away, according to the Susan G. Komen website.
• Women should start administering breast self exams each month in their 20s, according to the American Cancer Society.
• The ACS recommends women get a mammogram every year once they turn 40, and those with increased risk factors, such as a family history of breast cancer, start even younger.
• There are four stages to breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Center, breast cancer stages are determined by the size of the tumor within a breast, the number of lymph nodes affected, the nearest lymph nodes found under the arm and signs indicating whether or not breast cancer has invaded other organs within the body.
• The Memorial Hospital offers low-cost mammograms the month of October. Screening mammograms are $80. Payment is due at the time of service and insurance will not be billed. You will need an order from your doctor to schedule your mammogram. TMH will offers Saturday appointments on Oct. 17.
If you’re in need of a breast exam, contact TMH at 970-824-9411 or the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.
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