Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Wrold Health Organization it is the most common cancer among Women Wordlwide.

Here are some facts about Breast Cancer in the US:

Risk Factors can include gender, age, race, family history, reproductive history, dense breast tissue, lack of physical activity, poor diet, obesity, alcohol, radiation to the chest and Hormone replacement therapy. Some of these risk factors you cannot control and others you can avoid.

Screenings:

Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. At this time, a mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer for most women.

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A breast MRI uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the breast. MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. Because breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, they are not used for women at average risk.

Clinical Breast Exam

clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.

Breast Self-Awareness

Being familiar with how your breasts look and feel can help you notice symptoms such as lumps, pain, or changes in size that may be of concern. These could include changes found during a breast self-exam. You should report any changes that you notice to your doctor or health care provider.

**Self breast exams are very important and play a big role in finding cancer early**


-- Schedule an appointment with us here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates if you have recently been diagnosed or you know someone who has. 843-577-6957 -- 

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