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The Pink Explosion
Sally Acton, RN, BSN, OCN, MSM, Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services - October 04, 2016
What is all this pink about? October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the color pink as its trademark. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in our nation. One in eight ladies will have breast cancer in her lifetime with only 10% genetically linked.
 
What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into surrounding tissue or spread to distant areas of the body. This disease occurs mostly in women, but men can be diagnosed also.
 
But millions of women are surviving the disease, thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
 
Risk factors of breast cancer include:
 
  • Women who began their menstrual periods before age 12 or began menopause after age 55.
  • Women who have used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with estrogen and progesterone for a long time.
  • Women and men who are overweight or obese.
  • Women and men who are not physically active.
  • Women and men over 40.
  • Women and men with a family history of breast cancer.
 
You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by:
 
  • Breastfeeding your babies.
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  • Exercise daily for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t smoke.
 
Schneck Breast Health Program
Nationally recognized for excellence by the Commission on Cancer, Schneck’s Breast Health Program brings women the most advanced breast health care, close to home. From diagnosis and treatment to recovery, here patients get the best care with the least worry for a quicker return to well.
 
Better care starts with a better diagnosis. At Schneck, care begins in our Women’s Diagnostic Imaging Center, an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, with special imaging technologists and convenient-to-schedule mammograms. Using the Suros® Breast Biopsy System, our advanced imaging center turns a surgical procedure into an hour-long outpatient visit without stitches and scars. Here, same-day biopsy results mean better care, faster.
 
Schedule your mammogram today. Evening and weekend appointments are available, and no physician referral is needed.
 
For more information on Schneck's Breast Health Program and Schneck Cancer Center, view our Annual Cancer Reports.
 
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