The 5-year survival rate for cancer drops in advanced stages of the disease. Too many women wait until they experience symptoms, like a lump, before they get a mammogram or clinical breast exam. By then, the cancer may have spread and be more difficult to treat and cure.
Following a four-step plan is the best preventative prescription for healthy breasts:
1. Lower your risk. A healthy lifestyle is important. Make healthy choices, try to avoid tobacco products, stay at a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, be physically active and limit alcohol use.
2. Know your risk. Some risk factors can’t be modified and place a woman at high risk such as family history of breast and ovarian cancer, genetic mutations, early puberty and late menopause.
3. Clinical breast exam. Performed by a doctor or nurse who is trained to evaluate breast problems.
4. Screening mammogram. A simple, safe, low-level X-ray to locate any changes that may have occurred from the previous screening.
Perhaps the most important of these steps is regular breast cancer screenings. Medical experts estimate that early screenings save thousands of lives each year. It could save yours.
If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s, get a clinical breast exam every three years and if you are age 40 or over have an annual exam. If you’re over 40, be sure to talk to your doctor about risk factors which determine how often you should have a screening mammogram. Early screenings save lives. It absolutely matters.
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Source: Statistics, National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), cases 2003-2005