Published on June 30, 2014
BREAST CANCER What’s the most important message you want to share? That’s easy. Have a mammogram every year once you turn 40. Early detection of breast cancer is critical. What other advice would you give to women? Support is so important whenever any of us hits a scary part in ours lives. When my mother had breast cancer about 11 years ago, I was able to be there for her, provide encouragement and share my knowledge. And the more informed you are, the more helpful your support is. Having a record of your previous mammograms is also very important so doctors can more easily detect any changes in the breast. About eight years ago, I had a mammogram that showed something suspicious. My doctors were able to compare that mammogram with an earlier one and verify that nothing had changed. As a result, they were able to give me a clean bill of health. Any fnal thoughts? I think it’s wonderful what women are doing these days, taking control and getting their arms around their health issues. Information and education is the greatest ally we have. (continued from cover) www.MainStreetHospital.com For more information, call or visit us online at: Are You at Risk? Tere are many risk factors for breast cancer that you can’t control. Age is one. About 2 in 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women 55 or older. A family history of the disease and having dense breast tissue are other risk factors. But here’s some good news: a few simple lifestyle changes can reduce the risk. Stay Active: One study from the Women’s Health Initiative found that women who walk from 1¼ to 2½ hours per week reduce their risk of breast cancer by 18%. At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week (or some combination of the two) is recommended. Watch How Much Alcohol You Drink: For women who have one drink a day, there is only a small increase in the risk for breast cancer compared to non-drinkers. However, when a woman has 2 to 5 drinks each day, her risk becomes 1½ times greater. Source: American Cancer Society Live It Out Dr. Name Name Specialty A Mammogram Every Year: Starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as the woman is in good health. Clinical Breast Exam: Every year for women 40 and older and every three years for women in their 20s and 30s. Breast Self-Exam: An option for women starting in their 20s. Women with a family history of breast cancer, a genetic tendency or other risk factors should have an MRI in addition to a mammogram. alk to your personal physician for more infor- mation. Website Link: For more information about the early detection of breast cancer, please visit www.webaddress.com and click on Early Detection. Source: American Cancer Society About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, the death rate for the disease has been decreasing, thanks, in part, to early detection. Te American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines for breast cancer. 30 Years of Progress Source: American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, National Institute of Health 2014 is the 30th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the past three decades, tremendous progress has made in the awareness, detection and treatment of the disease. Screening rates have increased •Thepercentageofwomengetting mammograms has increased from 29 percent in 1987 to more than 67 percent. More birthdays celebrated •Morethan200,000breastcancerdeaths havebeenavertedsince1991. •From1990to2010,thedeathratefrom breastcancerdecreased34percent. •In1974,theve-yearsurvivalratefor breastcancerwasaround75percent. Today,theve-yearsurvivalratefor breastcancerisalmost90percent. Andtheve-yearsurvivalratefor localizedbreastcanceris98.5percent!