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Learn about prevention and early detection during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In October, pink is our favorite color because it represents Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., “On average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.” For women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, other than skin cancer. Your Women’s Health Texas provider wants you to know the steps you can take to promote prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Discover early detection tools during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you remember one thing from Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it should be that early detection saves lives. The American Cancer Center tells us that breast cancer that is detected early in a localized stage has a five-year survival rate of 99%. Here are some tools you can use to detect breast cancer in its early, most treatable stage.

Practice breast awareness. Look at your breasts in the mirror and note any discharge from the nipples, as well as changes in the shape or size of your breasts. Note any new pain or lumps in the breasts or armpit area. Talk to your physician if you find anything unusual or new.

Schedule a screening mammogram if you are age 50 or over, or if our physicians recommend the procedure earlier based on your history. Our offices offer 3D mammogram technology that provides an optimal view of your breast tissue.

Consider BRCA testing if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or other risk factors, such as a relative with the BRCA genetic mutation.

Things you can do to help prevent breast cancer

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our physicians want you to know that there are certain risk factors for breast cancer that you cannot control, such as your age or your family history. It’s also essential to know that there are steps you can take to help prevent breast cancer.

• Get to and maintain a healthy weight.
• Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables and limits processed foods and saturated fats.
• Perform moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, several times a week.
• Limit or eliminate your alcohol consumption.
• Stop smoking.

Early detection of breast cancer can save lives as can breast cancer prevention. Contact us for an appointment to learn more.