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Health - October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Compiled by Nirmala Garimella
10/19/2004

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure every women knows that the Best Protection is Early Detection. Here are some facts and recommendations by the American Cancer Society to give women what they need to stay healthy, while reminding them to support a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

The following screening schedule is important for early detection of breast cancer:

Age 40 and over
Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam ( CBE) yearly

Age 20s and 30s
Clinical Breast Exam ( CBE) at least every three years.

Starting in 20s
Choose whether or how often to do Breast Self Exam ( BSE)

Mammogram

A mammogram is todays most effective way to detect breast cancer when lumps are too small to be felt or seen. It usually consists of two or more low dose X rays. Mammography is not painful, although it may feel slightly uncomfortable.

Clinical Breast Exam ( CBE)

This is a breast exam by your health care professional. It gives you a good opportunity to ask any questions you want. If you choose to do breast self exams, this is a good time to receive instructions. Have your CBE prior to a mammogram so any suspicious area can be evaluated during the mammogram.

Breast Self Exam ( BSE)

Checking your breast by yourself is called a BSE. The ACS recommends that starting in their 20s women make a decision with information from their health care professional about whether or how often to do a BSE.

Other Health tips to reduce your cancer risk :

1. EAT RIGHT
2. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
3. STOP SMOKING
4. AVOID SECOND HAND SMOKE
5. DRINK ONLY IN MODERATION
6. BE PHYICALLY ACTIVE
7. STAY SUN SAFE
8. HACE CANCER SCRENNINGS AS RECOMMENDED
9. TAKE CARE WITH X RAYS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
10. DECIDE CAREFULLLY BEFORE STARTING OR CONTINUING HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY ( HRT)



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