Breast Cancer Awareness
Posted by Kimber Harding
June 3, 2015
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we want everyone to be involved with spreading the important message of early detection and screening! This is a great time to become more educated about breast cancer and what we can do to prevent it. We have all heard about what we can do to reduce our risk such as getting a yearly mammogram once we turn 40, regular exercise, eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep (American Cancer Society). 1 in 8 U.S. women will still develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. But the good news is, the survival rate is 98% when the cancer is detected early. That’s why mammograms are so important! They can help detect breast cancer in its early stages and save your life.
But we aren't getting our mammograms:
Utah has the second lowest breast cancer screening rate in the country. Only 67% of women in Utah have had a mammogram in the past 2 years. That’s troublesome! Take a look at the statistics below to see why it’s important to get screened.
Why aren’t more women getting mammograms?
There are many barriers that keep women from getting their annual screening. How many of these are barriers for you?:
- No health insurance
- Low perceived risk
- Lack of knowledge about mammograms and their importance
- Haven’t received a recommendation from a Doctor for getting one
- Lack of transportation or access to care
- Embarrassment of the test
- Fear of diagnosis
- Fear of pain from the procedure
- Language barriers and cultural differences
- Inability to pay
- Physical disabilities
- Lack of motivation or desire
How can we overcome these barriers?
A lot of women don’t realize the importance and need for a yearly mammogram once they turn 40. Becoming educated about mammograms is one of the most important things you can do to overcome the barriers listed above. When you understand why mammograms are important and what they are, you will be able to overcome the barriers that have kept you from getting your annual mammogram. Help spread the word about the importance of getting a mammogram and encourage the women over 40 in your life to go get screened.
here to send an e-card to a female friend to encourage getting a mammogram!
Watch this short video to see how getting a mammogram saved this woman’s life!
Mary Nickles Mammography Commercial
Is it just about women?
Women aren’t the only ones affected by breast cancer. Men have a small amount of breast tissue so it is possible for them to get breast cancer, although it is rare. It is expected that in 2014 about 2,360 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 men will die from breast cancer. Here are some of the symptoms of breast cancer in men to be aware of:
- Any change in the breast, chest area or nipple can be a warning sign of breast cancer in men
- Lump, hard knot, or thickening in the breast (usually painless, but may be tender)
- Dimpling, puckering, or redness of the skin of the breast
- Itchy, scaly, or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of the nipple (inverted nipple) or other parts of the breast
- Discharge from the nipple
If you are a male and have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor right away. Don’t delay getting screened!
The symptoms and warning signs are similar for women:
Here is some additional information about the warning signs of breast cancer.
Get screened and encourage others to do the same!
Is it time for your yearly mammogram? The Mammo-van is coming to the Government Center on October 16 and 17. Check out this convenient way to get a mammogram!
Learn more about the Mammo-van and find out how you can schedule an appointment today.
If you have any questions about getting a mammogram, click
here for a list of common questions and answers about what to expect when going in for a mammogram.
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