Most of us have had our lives touched by breast cancer in some way. We may have lost a loved one, know someone in treatment, or experienced it ourselves. Hopefully, we have some survivor stories to tell.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Your risk level depends on several factors, some preventable and some not. Sometimes it feels like the lottery. Any one of us could be next.
The most important thing you can do to protect yourself is to find the cancer early. This means being committed to:
- Monthly breast self-exams
- Regular clinical exams by your doctor
- Mammograms at the recommended intervals
With early detection of localized cancer the 5 year survival rate is 100%.
Other things you can do to prevent cancer include:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay active and exercise
- Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Stop smoking
- Limit alcohol consumption
If you are concerned about your breast health or have not had a clinical exam in the last year, we encourage you to call and schedule now.
Taking control of your health is a way of nurturing and loving yourself. It could save your life.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We encourage you to spread the word by wearing a pink ribbon, sharing on social media, sharing stories of survival, and scheduling your breast health screenings.
Miracle Orchids Medical Center – Fountain Valley – (714) 486-1228