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Cancer Care Newsletter Sunday, December 21, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?
There is really no way to know for sure if you’re going to get breast cancer, though certain risk factors can make it more likely. However, having one or more risk factors does not necessarily mean that you will get breast cancer. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and never get breast cancer, or you can have no known risk factors and still get the disease.
 
The Importance of Finding Breast Cancer Early
The American Cancer Society says the goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who do not have any symptoms. Early detection means using an approach that lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred.
 
Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Following the American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

Mammograms: What Every Woman Needs to Know
Mammograms can detect many breast cancers before anyone can feel them. When breast cancer is found in its earliest stages, the majority of patients survive for at least five years. You can find more information about breast cancer by reading the full article. PinnacleHealth now allows you to request an appointment online for your mammogram.

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Healthy Habits Fight Cancer

The United States could save 60,000 lives a year by boosting efforts to change behavior that puts us at risk for cancer, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The IOM urges focusing on helping people to stop smoking, watch their diet, exercise, limit alcohol intake and seek screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

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