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Women's Health, Employer Solutions | 10 months ago

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in women. Thankfully, awareness and support for women diagnosed with breast cancer has improved over the last few decades. Learn more and schedule your mammogram today.

Even with a raise in awareness, still, many women don’t know when to start breast cancer screenings. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Get routine breast cancer screening exams to find cancer early – when it’s easiest to treat. The most recent recommendations suggest that women get screened starting at age 40, and have a mammogram every two years. Those who are at higher risk may need to be screened earlier and more often. Ask your on-site clinic provider or care team what’s right for you. 
  2. If breast cancer runs in your family, ask your care team about genetic screening and testing. Women are nearly twice as likely to develop breast cancer if their mother, sister or daughter had it.
    Breast Cancer Woman
  3. Take steps to help lower your chance of getting breast cancer. For example:
  • Be active and move your body most days – a brisk walk is great exercise
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Eat healthy foods and limit alcohol
  • Get enough sleep
  • Don’t smoke or vape, and steer clear of other people’s smoke too
  • Tell your doctor about your family history of breast cancer

    Changes in lifestyle

4. Breast cancer affects men, too, although it is much more common in women.
Breast cancer in Men

Many women skip mammograms, which puts them at risk of not finding breast cancers at the earliest stages when they are most treatable. Use October to get back on track and schedule your mammogram today!