Pink October

Breast Cancer survivor rally.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You’ve likely seen commercials calling for donations, pink ribbons, and more. But are you aware of your risks or how you can prevent breast cancer?

Breast cancer in the second most common type of cancer in American women. Risk factors include:

  • Older age
  • Genetic risk/family history
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Avoiding smoking and staying healthy through exercise and a balanced diet can help prevent breast cancer. Early detection can also save lives. During your well-woman exam, your doctor will check your breasts. Women ages 45 to 54 should also get an annual mammogram, then every two years after age 55. If you are over 40 and have risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting one sooner.

According to the American Cancer Society, since 1989, over half a million deaths due to breast cancer have been prevented thanks to mammograms and improvement in treatments.

This Breast Cancer Awareness month, call your doctor and schedule a mammogram. It could make all the difference.

Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer.html#:~:text=Women%20ages%2040%20to%2044,or%20can%20continue%20yearly%20screening and https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/patient/breast-prevention-pdq