Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The thought of having breast cancer is frightening to everyone, and especially devastating to women. However, ignoring the possibility that you may develop breast cancer or avoiding the processes to detect cancer can be dangerous.
Although there are some women who are at higher risk, the fact is that all women are at risk for breast cancer. That's why it's so important to follow this three-step plan for preventive care.
Step 1. Breast self-examination (BSE)
BSE should be done regularly at the same time every month. Regular BSE teaches you to know how your breasts normally feel so that you can more readily detect any change.
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Step 2: Clinical examination
A breast examination by a doctor or nurse trained to evaluate breast problems should be part of a woman's physical examination. The American Cancer Society recommends:
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- Between ages 20 and 39, women should have a clinical breast examination (CBE) by a health professional every three years.
- After age 40, women should have a breast examination by a health professional every year.
Step 3: Mammography
Experts have different recommendations for mammography. Currently, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening every two years for women between ages 50 and 74. The ACS recommends yearly screening for all women ages 40 and older.
Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about your personal risk factors before making a decision about when to start getting mammograms or how often you should get them.
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How We Can Help
ECHN's Women's Center for Wellness and the Breast Care Collaborative can help you in understanding breast health. We are committed to providing competent, compassionate care to women by promoting the importance of prevention and early detection.
We are a patient-focused center, providing personalized care in a warm, compassionate environment. Through breast health education, quality imaging services and screenings we focus on the total person-mind and body.
Still have questions? Call Donna Cameron, R.N., B.S., our Women's Health Nurse Navigator at 860.533.4696. She can help!