10/30/2013 1:59:00 PM October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Pictured is the digital mammography system at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Digital mammography produces images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. The radiologist reviews the electronic images using special high-resolution monitors that can manipulate the images for more clarity to detect cancer even earlier. Digital mammography images can be easily stored in the computer for comparison with your next mammogram, and easily transmitted if needed. Submitted photo.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Below is a listing of various statistics concerning breast cancer from the American Cancer Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital.
Risk Factors Women are at a higher risk for breast cancer when they: • Are over age 50. • Have a history of breast cancer in their close family. • Have their first child after age 30. • Have never had any children. • Weigh 40% more than their ideal body weight.
Warning Signs of Breast Cancer Warning signals that may be detected by monthly breast self-examinations include the following: • A lump in the breast that does not go away. • An unusual increase in the size of one breast. • One breast unusually lower than the other. • Puckering or dimpling of the breast. • Drawing back or turning of the nipple. • A nipple rash or a change in nipple skin texture. • Swelling or thickening found in breast or under armpit. • Pain or tenderness of the nipple.
Early Detection Action Plan The American Cancer Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital suggest the following action plan for early breast cancer detection at the following ages: • 20 years and younger: Perform a monthly breast self-exam. • 20 to 40 years of age: Perform a monthly breast self-exam; Have a breast exam by a physician every three years; Have a first-time mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40. • Over Age 40: Perform a monthly breast self-exam; Have a breast exam by a physician every year; Have a mammogram every year.
For more information, call the Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department at 563-568-3411.
Article Comment Submission Form
Site Design and Content Copyright 2013 The Standard Newspaper • P.O. Box 286 • 15 1st St. NE, Waukon, IA 52172 Telephone 563-568-3431 • Fax 563-568-4242 • E-mail: email@example.com