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Health Minute: Breast Cancer - The Importance of Early Detection

By: Claude

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in American women, next to skin cancer. Sonya Kella, MD, with Adventist HealthCare shares the importance of early detection.

How common is breast cancer?

About 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. However, knowing your risk and getting the right screenings can help you protect your breast health.

What are common risk factors for breast cancer?

Common risk factors for breast cancer can include: · Age (Most are women are diagnosed after 50)

· Lifestyle (drinking alcohol, being overweight, lack of physical activity, etc.)

· Genetics

· Personal History

When should women start having mammograms?

Finding breast cancer early and getting treatment are the most important strategies to prevent death from breast cancer. Women should begin receiving annual mammograms starting at age 40, but it’s never too early to talk with your OBGYN or primary care physician about your risk of developing breast cancer.

What are some tips for women to help protect their breast health?

Follow these recommendations to stay on top of your breast health.

· Know your risk factors and talk to your doctor about them.

· Conduct monthly self-breast exams starting at age 20.

· Get annual mammograms beginning at age 40.

· Be physically active.

· Avoid or limit alcohol consumption.

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