She’s your mom, your sister, your best friend or co-worker. She’s 1 in 8 women who will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime – or maybe “she” is a “he” – since over 2500 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in men every year.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as with everything, we believe prevention, including regular self-examinations, is the greatest defense we have against this disease. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor if you’ve noticed a lump or other breast change that is new or worrisome, such as dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin.
For individuals with advanced stages of breast cancer, or who are undergoing aggressive treatment such as chemo, radiation, or surgery, home care is essential. If you or someone you know is suffering from breast cancer or other chronic illness, reach out to our Home Health team at 484-225-4323. Our Home Health Specialists can assist with light housework, errands, and meal prep, as well as personal services, such as grooming and bathing assistance.
Here are some other quick facts from John Hopkins Medicine, and things you can do to increase the likelihood of prevention:
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER:
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- Breast cancer affects women of all races
- 85% of those with breast cancer have no family history of the disease
WAYS YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR RISK
- Eat a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
SCREENING IS THE KEY TO PREVENTION
- Begin having annual mammograms at age 40
- Advanced Detection: 27%
- Early Detection: 98%
- In 2020, there are more than 3,500,000 breast cancer survivors in the United States