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THINK PINK THIS OCTOBER

October 3, 2016

It’s that time of year again…

Though women should be cognizant of their last mammogram or when it’s time to schedule their first—life’s other priorities often supersede this crucial task on your “to-do” list.  October is a great reminder that if you’re due for a mammogram …

Pick Up the Phone and GET IT SCHEDULED.

 

THE HARSH REALITY

Out of Sight—Out of Mind doesn’t fly here. You can’t bury your head in the sand and hope for the best. If you have breast cancer and wait too long to become diagnosed and seek treatment, your chances for survival are either vastly reduced or completely eradicated, depending on how long you procrastinate. Research shows that early detection is your best defense for surviving breast cancer.

WHEN SHOULD I GET MY FIRST MAMMOGRAM?

The latest research findings recommend that the average woman start getting mammograms at the age of 50 and continue every 2 years until the age of 74. Women with a history of breast cancer should do routine self-exams and may want to start their mammograms at the age of 40.

THE STATS

  • Approximately 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer
  • More than 40,000 women are expected to die of breast cancer in 2016
  • A woman’s chance of breast cancer nearly doubles if an immediate family member (mother, sister, daughter) has suffered from it
  • 85% of breast cancer occurs in women with no family history the disease

WHO’S AT RISK?

There are many variables that go into the risks of breast cancer. Susan G. Komen provides a comprehensive chart that details risk factors…

http://ww5.komen.org/Breastcancer/Breastcancerriskfactorstable.html

BEST DEFENSE

The Mayo Clinic provides the following tips to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer…

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/breast-cancer-prevention/art-20044676

CAN MEN GET BREAST CANCER?

Yes, but it is very rare, accounting for only 1% of all breast cancer cases.

WHAT CAN MEN DO TO DETECT BREAST CANCER?

A self-exam after a warm shower is the best way for a man to detect an abnormality that could lead to breast cancer. A lump under the nipple is the most common symptom.  Learn more: http://www.medicinenet.com/male_breast_cancer/article.htm

 

If you are unsure of the date of your last mammogram, call your medical provider. They usually send reminders when you are due. Remember, a little discomfort is a fair trade for the early detection and cure of breast cancer!

So, if you’re due for a mammogram, STOP PROCRASTINATING—

SCHEDULE YOUR MAMMOGRAM TODAY!!!

 

For every sale during the month of October, Riverside will donate $10 to Susan G. Komen to help find the cure.

 

 

 

 




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