Every day of the week, IRMC Physician Group witnesses the threat that breast cancer holds for women in Indiana County and surrounding areas. In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women with rates higher than any other cancer after lung cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2010, it was estimated that there were 207,090 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women, of which, 39,840 women died from the disease in the United States alone.
There is no time to stand idly by and allow this to happen to our community without a fight. Prevention means taking action, and we are ready to win the battle against breast cancer!
Breast cancer prevention begins with YOU – you can beat the odds by:
Follow early detection guidelines – This is the MOST IMPORTANT ACTION that a woman can take. If you are over 40, schedule a mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure.
Don’t put off the screening because of discomfort or fear of the results – A mammogram should never be painful. Be sure to tell the mammography technologist about any discomfort that you may be experiencing. Most abnormalities found after a mammogram are not cancer. However, in some cases you may be called back for more tests, such as additional mammography or ultrasound screening, to confirm that the area on the screening mammogram is normal.
Stay physically active – At least 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise will decrease risks in some women.
Follow a healthy lifestyle – Keep your weight in a normal range and eat food that will nourish your body.
Avoid drinking and smoking – Both drinking and smoking increase the risk in some women. Minimize alcohol intake to one drink a day or less.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has made it official: breast cancer is best treated when caught in the earlier stages. Screenings not only detect the first signs of breast cancer but have also surprisingly been shown to reduce mortality rates.
Each day, IRMC Physician Group’s providers are learning more and more so that not one mother, daughter, sister or wife is needlessly lost to the disease.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, there is no better time to schedule a screening. Please call 888-452-IRMC to schedule your screening today.