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An Awareness and Early Detection Plan for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time to make an early detection plan and build awareness in families and communities.

fb-post-imageAs with many cancers, there are risk factors some of which are avoidable and others that cannot be changed. The more informed and prepared you are, the better your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.

Genetic Factors

There are some genetic factors that increase your risk of breast cancer such as gender, age, race, and family history. For more information about genetic risk factors, read “Breast Cancer Risk Factors that Cannot be Changed”.

Avoidable  Risk Factors

There are some behavioral risk factors you can control such as diet and exercise. For more environmental and lifestyle risk factors, read “Avoidable Risk Factors”.

Early Detection Plan

The American Cancer Society published guidelines for early detection of breast cancer that include self-exams, clinical breast exams, and yearly mammograms. Your provider at Hutchinson Health will take the time to explain how to do breast exams and let you know when it is time for a mammogram. For more information on early detection of breast cancer and symptoms, read “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer”.

When Breast Cancer is detected in its earliest stages, the 5 year survival rate is 98%.

Hutchinson Health wants to take this October to lift up Breast Cancer Awareness. Our providers will help you create an early detection plan.

Make sure you make it part of your yearly wellness appointment and discuss any concerns you may have with your physician.