Arlanda’s Women’s Health Corner: Going Pink in October

October 10, 2018

Arlanda Smith, MSN, WHNP-BC

Well it’s that time of year again! Not only are we enjoying fall colors, but everything is going PINK in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Did you know that Breast Cancer is the Second leading cause of death among women? One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Did you also know, although rare, that men can develop Breast Cancer? All people, including males are born with some breast tissue, and this tissue has the possibility to develop into cancer.

No one knows the exact cause of Breast Cancer, but there is known genetic and environmental risk factors that may increase your chances of getting breast cancer like:

Genetic Risk Factors:

* Family or Personal History of Breast Cancer
* Gender
* Race
* Starting Menstrual Cycles before age 12
* Menopause after age 55 years old
* Having your first child at an older age
* Never having children

Environmental Risk Factors:

  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Poor Diet
  • Being Overweight/Obese
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Early Age exposure to radiation of the chest
  • Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy

Although you can’t prevent genetic risk factors of Breast Cancer, you can help protect yourself through early detection.

Early Detection Is Key

Monthly Self-Breast Exams – by performing monthly self-breast exams you will be able to more easily identify changes in your breasts.

Clinical Breast Exams – a Clinical Breast Exam is performed by a qualified healthcare provider that will check for lumps or changes to your breasts.

Mammogram – a mammogram is an X-Ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas.  Mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt.

While going pink this month, stop by Memorial Healthcare’s Health Partners for Women to see us for your Clinical Breast Exam today.

And Remember Go Pink!

 

Arlanda Smith is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with Memorial Healthcare’s Health Partners for Women. She is accepting new patients with most insurance. To reach Arlanda, contact (989) 729-4300.

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation

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