Advantia Health is excited to celebrate National Got Checked Day on August 26th! We wholeheartedly encourage all women to prioritize their health and take crucial steps towards wellness. One effective way to do this is by proactively scheduling regular breast cancer screenings.
In this blog, we want to clear up misunderstandings about breast cancer and give you important information that can really help. Our ultimate goal is to emphasize the utmost importance of early detection in potentially saving lives. Together, let’s empower ourselves and make proactive choices for our health and well-being.
Please understand that the content in this blog serves informational purposes only. For personalized guidance on breast cancer screenings, risk assessment, and treatment options, schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare providers. We are accepting new patients.
Breast Cancer: The Facts
Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer affecting women, making knowledge and awareness essential. It’s important to recognize reliable sources in breast cancer research, despite the large amount of studies conducted. This information is from trusted sources like the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and World Health Organization.
Incidence and Prevalence
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. Around 13% of American women (1 in 8) will get breast cancer at some time in their lives. In 2023, experts project that the United States will diagnose approximately 300,590 individuals with breast cancer. It is worth noting that this figure includes a small number of men, as breast cancer is less prevalent among them.
Various factors can contribute to a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Age, family history, hormones, gene mutations, radiation exposure, alcohol, and obesity can increase the risk of certain diseases. The risk of developing or dying from breast cancer generally increases with age.
Women should discuss with their doctors the appropriate timing for health screenings. This discussion should take into account factors such as age, family history, and other risks. Doctors typically recommend mammograms starting at age 40 or earlier for women at high risk. Visit our Breast Cancer Resource Guide for more helpful links and resources.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Detecting breast cancer at an early stage significantly increases the chances of successful treatment. Hence, regular screening, including mammograms and self-examinations, plays a vital role in saving lives. Learn more about breast cancer awareness here.
Signs and Symptoms
While self-examinations are not a substitute for professional screenings, they can be useful in identifying potential warning signs. Breast cancer often presents with common signs. These signs include a lump or swelling in the breast or armpit.
Other signs include changes in breast size or shape. Furthermore, you may also observe nipple changes, such as inward turning or leaking. Lastly, skin changes or dimpling are potential indicators of breast cancer. To read more about common signs and symptoms, check out: Breast Issues: Pains, Lumps, Cancer.
Advancements in Treatment
Fortunately, medical advancements have improved treatment outcomes significantly. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormonal therapy. A healthcare professional creates an individualized treatment plan in consultation with each unique case.
Now that we have covered the facts, let’s address some common misconceptions about breast cancer. These misconceptions can hinder awareness, early detection, and access to appropriate care.
Only Older Women Are at Risk
While the risk of breast cancer increases with age, it can occur at any age. Younger women should also prioritize routine breast screenings, especially if other risk factors are present.
Breast Cancer Is Always Hereditary
Genetic mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2 do not cause most breast cancer cases, even though they increase the risk. It’s crucial to understand that anyone can develop breast cancer, regardless of family history.
Finding a Lump Always Means Breast Cancer
While it’s essential to promptly investigate any changes, not all breast lumps signify cancer. Many non-cancerous conditions, such as cysts or fibroadenomas, can also cause lumps. However, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis.
Screen Only Women With a Family History
Family history is just one risk factor among several. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. Early detection is crucial for everyone, irrespective of their family’s medical background.
Small Breasts Have a Lower Risk
Breast size or shape does not determine the risk. The risk factors mentioned earlier play a more significant role. It’s essential to dispel these misconceptions and ensure women are well-informed. By exposing myths, we empower women to make educated decisions about their health.
National Got Checked Day: Making a Difference
On this day, we remind women to prioritize their health. They should make sure to schedule regular check-ups and discuss any concerns with their healthcare providers. Here’s what you can do to participate and make a positive impact:
Spread the Word
Share this blog post, along with other reliable resources, on your social media platforms with #NationalGotCheckedDay. Educate your friends, family, and colleagues about National Got Checked Day and encourage them to take action.
Schedule Your Screening
If you haven’t had a breast cancer screening recently or are due for one, seize this opportunity to make that appointment. Remember, early detection is a game-changer in the fight against breast cancer. To locate a healthcare provider near you, click here. We are accepting new patients.
Host a Local Awareness Event
Organize a small event in your community to raise awareness about breast cancer. You can collaborate with local healthcare providers, invite guest speakers, and even offer free informational materials.
Support Research and Advocacy
Consider donating to reputable organizations focusing on breast cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. Every contribution goes a long way in aiding progress and providing resources for affected individuals.
Share Your Story
If you or a loved one has faced breast cancer, share your journey and experiences. Personal narratives have a powerful impact on others and help foster a sense of community, support, and hope.
On National Got Checked Day, let’s stand together in promoting women’s health, raising awareness, and dispelling misconceptions surrounding breast cancer. Remember, knowledge is power, and early detection can be lifesaving. By participating in this important day and encouraging others to do the same, we are initiating the start of change. Additionally, we are fostering a culture where women prioritize self-care.
Make sure to mark August 26th on your calendar and join us in spreading the message of empowerment, support, and hope. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer!