October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we encourage you to wear pink. But wearing pink isn’t enough. It’s important to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to come up with a plan for early detection and prevention. Here’s some useful information about breast cancer and what you can do.
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Men can also get breast cancer although it is very rare.
These are the facts, now it’s time to do something about it.
- Talk to your doctor about your medical/family history and risks to come up with a plan for early detection.
- The best way to overcome breast cancer is to detect it in its early stages.
- Get a screening mammogram
Preparing for Your Screening Mammogram:
Before Your Appointment:
- Talk to your doctor about when to get a mammogram and how often to get one.
- If you are not having any symptoms or complaining of any breast problems, you will make an appointment for a screening mammogram.
- Make an appointment at an accredited mammogram facility about a week after your menstrual period.
- Inform the facility if you have breast implants.
- If you have had a prior mammogram, make sure your prior images are at the facility which will be used for comparison.
On the day of your appointment:
- Have your regular meals as normal.
- Wear a separate top to easily undress from the waist up for the exam.
- Do not use deodorant, powders, perfumes, lotions or other skin products on your breasts or under your arms.
Call MAP® today and speak to a Nurse Advocate:
- To help you find a doctor and mammography facility.
- If you need help with a second opinion for a cancer diagnosis.
Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Source: American Cancer Society