Breast Cancer Awareness month at Gentle Primary Care
Every October, the country observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month October. Breast cancer is a disease that affects both men and women and is among the most common cancers. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the prevalence of this disease amongst the women is 1 in 8 in her lifetime. Next year, newer breast cancer diagnoses are expected to increase the number to more than 200,000 for women and more than 2,000 for men.
Early Detection Program
Early detection is vital. Women age 40 and above should talk to their doctors about when and how often to get a mammogram. To find free and low-cost screenings near you, please visit Gentle Primary Care to schedule an appointment.
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How do I beat the odds to be breast cancer-free?
Some of the steps you and your loved ones can take to improve your chances of staying healthy are:
- You can conduct monthly self-exams. Along with medical screenings, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and many medical professionals recommend a monthly self-exam. To learn how to do a breast self-exam, check out this self-exam guide offered by NationalBreastCancer.org.
- Quit smoking. Smoking is a significant risk factor for breast and many other types of cancer. There is a lower risk for Non-smokers regardless of your age or how long you have been a smoker.
- Exercise more. Regular exercise, good physical activities, and a healthy diet can also lower your risk factors.
Need additional information?
Are you curious about signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment? Learn more about breast cancer awareness at Cancer.gov. Also, make sure you get an appointment with Dr. Parkar and she will be happy to explain more about this.
Breast cancer can be terminal, but it can also be avoidable with early detection and other preventative measures. Dr. Parkar hopes these resources will help you stay updated and you will take steps to lower risk factors or get treatment for yourself or a loved one. We do provide daily walk-in appointments in the Sugar Land office.
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