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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, our nation observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness and to promote regular screening and early detection of breast cancer.  Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting American women.  According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.  Early detection, such as that from mammograms provides the best chance of successful treatment and survival.

Reduce Your Risk

In addition to discussing risk assessment with your doctor and regular cancer screenings, here are some things that women can do to help reduce their cancer risk and be healthy.

  • Stay away from tobacco
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Get to a healthy weight
  • Maintain a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and veggies
  • Protect your skin from the sun
  • Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum or better yet, don’t drink
  • Know your body, your family history, and your risks
  • Have regular check-ups with your doctor

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Some people can show no symptoms at all, and some experience the following:

  • Change in size or shape of the breast
  • Unusual discharge from a nipple
  • Lump in the chest or armpit area
  • Painful or itchy breasts

If you have any worrisome signs, see your doctor right away.

If you have concerns about your risk of breast cancer and would like to speak with one of our caring medical professionals, contact River Bend Medical Associates.  As part of your medical team, we are here to provide you with the best care in all aspects of your health care needs.  Our progressive, sensitive, and culturally diverse team is committed to delivering compassionate family health care and promoting the well-being of our patients, employees, and the communities we serve.  For more information on our medical practice, or to make an appointment contact River Bend Medical Associates, or call 916-392-4000.

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