Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Pink ribbons. Pink shoe laces. Pink t-shirts. Pink. Pink. Pink. Pay attention to the pink because there is generally are story behind the pink. And more than likely it has to do with a person or loved one being affected by breast cancer. One in every eight women have breast cancer in their lifetime. Help us spread awareness about this all too common disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from ihe disease. Getting mammograms regularly can help prevent breast cancer. University Family Medicine Center supports breast cancer surveillance and research and provides breast exams to our patients. In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of noninvasive breast cancer. What is Breast Cancer? Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. The growth becomes uncontrollable without treatment, ultimately resulting in the formation of a tumor. A tumor can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Related to this description, a cancer growth can also be noninvasive (confined to the infected area) or invasive (spread to surrounding breast tissue), which determines the severity of disease upon detection. Are you worried about breast cancer or have a family history of it? Schedule an appointment for a breast exam and talk to your doctor about how it can affect you and your family.
A woman's health is constantly changing and making sure you stick to a health regimen that is consistent with your age is very important. For example, pap smears are recommended once per year for women under age 30 and in different increments as women age. Obviously there are several factors included and each woman is different, but as women age different screenings and procedures are recommended, including a mammogram. A mammogram is equally as important as a woman ages. Mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over the age of 50, due to early detection, only seen by a mammogram. The value of mammography in women 40 and over has been proven and has helped with early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram can identify an abnormality in breast tissue that could be cancerous. Detecting breast cancer early with mammography has also allowed many more women to be treated and has decreased the number of mastectomies among women 40 and over. See your physician today for a women’s wellness exam to find out if you should be receiving a regular mammogram.