Do it for the Ladies!

October has a long-standing tradition of being breast cancer awareness month, and for good reason. One in eight women develops invasive breast cancer at some people in their life. That is a staggering number of women that will battle a horrible disease, but there is hope. Read on to learn more about why awareness is so critical and what preventative steps a person can take to ensure they don’t become one of the eight.

Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Health Systems.

Prevention is always easier than treatment. If people can get early access to preventative care and education, then the better the outcomes will be for everyone. This holds true for all sorts of programs for disease prevention but is particularly true when it comes to breast cancer.

Early detection saves lives.

  • There are more treatment options
  • Better chance for survival

What can a person do?                

  • Regular self-breast exams
    • lumps, swelling, change in color, texture, size, or shape
  • Get a mammogram yearly at age 40 (earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer)
  • Stay away from drug and alcohol use
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise
  • Go for regular physical, especially if there is a family history of breast cancer

Everyone needs to spread the message of hope and prevention when it comes to breast cancer. Encourage all women to get their yearly mammograms and normalize talking about their fears.

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