Ladies, we need to talk about breast health. You surely hear about the importance of breast self-awareness, mammograms and early detection - but do you really take control of your health?
About 85% of breast cancer cases occur in women who have no family history of the disease (breastcancer.org). So, read over these wellness tips for more important information surrounding this topic.
Breast self-awareness is the most convenient way for you to detect any physical or visual changes to your breast tissue. Often times, this is how you can find changes in your breasts that will lead you to see a doctor for a more thorough exam.
Self-exams are quick, convenient and can be done in the comfort of your home. Committing to regular self-exams will help you learn what is normal for your breasts, so that when something doesn’t look or feel right, you can report it to your doctor immediately. If you’re unsure how to perform a self-exam, make an appointment with an SIHF Healthcare provider. You can ask questions, seek advice, and receive assistance while discussing this important topic.
Mammograms are breast x-rays that allow radiologists to see if there are any changes in breast tissue. Women under the age of 50 typically do not need mammograms unless there is family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. Once women are between the ages of 50 - 74, they are encouraged to have mammograms every other year. Please check with your doctor for current recommendations on mammograms.
These breast x-rays are an extremely important part of a woman’s preventive health. They can display breast changes before a woman or her physician can feel them. Cancers are most treatable when found early.
Beyond self-awareness and mammograms, many of us overlook the impact that leading an overall healthy lifestyle can have on breast health. Eating wholesome meals that include fruits and vegetables and exclude sugars and fried foods can significantly reduce the risk of breast-related health issues. Further, reducing alcohol consumption can lead to a reduced risk of not only breast cancer but many other health complications. Finally, studies show that getting a full night’s sleep each night and coping with stress in healthy manners helps to regulate a body and reduce the likelihood of diseases like breast cancer.
At SIHF Healthcare, our clinicians are committed to women’s health and safety. Patients can rely on a team of medical professionals to answer questions while providing wellness, prevention and education in each appointment.
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