Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Chapa-De Health Care Auburn Grass Valley
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Chapa-De reminds our patients of the importance of regular breast exams and cancer screenings. Breast cancer is very common and we want to find it during its earliest and most treatable stage. Join us this month by spreading awareness and making sure you and your loved ones are up to date on your screenings and exams.
Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
- Each year, over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- An estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
What is Breast Cancer?
- Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade the healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts as cells in the breast as a group of cancer cells that can invade surrounding tissues or spread to other areas of the body.
Signs & Symptoms
- Changes in feeling or appearance of breast or nipple
- Appearance of tenderness, lumps, texture changes, unexplained changes in sizes or shape of breast/nipple
- Unexplained swelling or shrinkage (especially if only on one side)
- Nipple discharge
What can I do to prevent or identify breast cancer?
It is important to know your body; this will help you to know if things begin to change. You play an important role in helping to detect breast cancer and can be key to finding it during its earliest and most treatable stage. Chapa-De recommends:
- Annual Mammograms
- Around age 40, begin talking to your health care provider about when you should begin your screening.
- For women who are at especially high risk, mammograms should begin around age 45.
- For women who are not at especially high risk of breast cancer, regular mammograms do not need to begin until age 55.
- Make smart lifestyle choices, that can lower your risk:
- Limit Alcohol
- Don’t Smoke
- Be physically active
- Control your weight
- Limit hormone therapy
Do not wait; call us to schedule an appointment if you are ever concerned about a lump or possible symptom!
- Auburn Health Center 530-887-2800
- Grass Valley Health Center 530-477-8545
When breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 100%. Together, you along with Chapa-De can help increase breast cancer awareness and survival.
Contact Chapa De for more information
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