October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, but can occur in men as well. Routine check ups are recommended for women – particularly as they age.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Any new lump in the breast should be taken seriously and screened by a physician.
HOW CAN I PREVENT BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer is likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 5-10% of women who acquire breast cancer have mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Other women have several contributing risk factors, while some women have none. Therefore, the best approach for preventing breast cancer is simply to pay attention to your family history, lifestyle, and changes in your breasts and body:
HOW CAN ADVANCED URGENT CARE SUPPORT ME?
At Advanced Urgent Care, our doctors can assist you in diagnosing a potential case of breast cancer. While any combination of tests may be required after examination, our standard protocol might involve:
Depending upon the findings, a treatment plan or referral to a specialist may be recommended.
Note: If your primary care or referring physician has requested a CT Scan, Ultrasound or bloodwork, please call us at 305-294-0011 to schedule your appointment.
Breast cancer is a very common disease, and there are more treatments available now than ever before. While some procedures to eliminate the cancer are more severe than others, only you can make the decision on what's best for you and your body (after considering professional advice). Throughout the process, please remember to stay calm, find community, and know that you are far from alone.
We are here for you.
For more information, please visit: www.breastcancer.org
The above information was contributed from the Mayo Clinic.