By Kelly Kellerman, LSMW
Social Work Manager

All the vibrant colors of fall come out in October –  red, yellow, orange and Pink! PINK?!  In October we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink ribbon is the symbol. The color pink is not a girlie, wimpy color. It’s strength.  It’s tough.  It’s hope.  At AHC, we care about your wellness and it’s incredibly important that you take care of yourself. Here’s how you can do that and be Pinkalicious this month:

Know Your Risk

If someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk of a similar diagnosis is almost twice as high as women without a family history of breast cancer. If your doctor has ever told you that your breast tissue is dense, meaning you have more fatty tissue, you’re more likely to get breast cancer.

Mammograms

Mammograms are the most common test that doctors use to screen for breast cancer. This test uses x rays to examine breast tissue for tumors that may be too small to feel. Women between the ages of 45 and 54 should receive annual mammograms.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

A clinical breast exam is a physical breast examination conducted by a health professional. During this test, your doctor will feel for any lumps or irregularities on your breasts and underneath your arms. While male breast cancer is relatively uncommon, men with a family history of the disease should speak to their doctors about receiving this screening option.

Celebrate Life

Don’t wait to celebrate! Make it a goal to celebrate life in some way, however small, every day. Here’s a few ways to get you started: watch a funny YouTube video, sing in the shower, dance, call a friend, play a game, watch the sunrise or sunset, laugh – do something silly, play with your pet, dress up, practice a random act of kindness.

It’s October. Know your risk. Know your body. Talk to your healthcare provider. Talk to us. Be Pinkalicious this Month.