October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Did you know most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families?
- Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
- Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.
What can you do to help detect breast cancer?
- Monthly self breast exams: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam is a website that has a short video to remind you how to complete a self breast exam.
- Complete yearly mammograms: some women as young as 40 can have yearly mammograms. Please shceudle an appointment with one of our providers if you have questions on when you need to start receving yearly screening mammograms.
****Please contact our office to schedule an appointment or request an order for a routine screening mammogram. Please note that most facilities will have you complete a questionaire prior to rendering services for your mammogram. Some answers on this questionaire may change the need of your mammogram from a screening to a diagnostic. Please note a diagnostic mammogram could apply to your deductible and is not considered a routine screening. *******