Breast cancer awareness is important during National Cancer Control Month
Learn about the value of self-checks and mammograms and associated risk factors for breast cancer during National Cancer Control Month in April.
Did you know that breast cancer:
- Is the most common type of cancer for women in the U.S.
- Is the second leading cause of cause of cancer death for women in the U.S.
- Is the second leading cause of cause of cancer death for women in the U.S. Can have an enhanced chance of occurring based on several lifestyle-related risk factors such as drinking alcohol, being overweight, and a lack of physical activity.
Screening and early detection is key
Advantage Health can help women get early screening for breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better chances for successful treatment. The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for finding breast cancer early in woman who have average risk.
Women ages 40-44 – should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with a mammogram, which is an x-ray of the breast.
Women ages 45-54 – should schedule a mammogram every year.
Women 55 and older – can switch to a mammogram every two years or can continue yearly screening. This screening should continue as long as the woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 years.
Talk with you Advantage provider about how you can help prevent breast cancer
Lifestyle, family history and other factors play a role. But with early detection, there remains a good chance of living an active life. Contact Advantage to set your physical and discuss whether screening is right for you.
Call us to schedule your checkup at 313-416-6262 or book online. Patients can also walk-in to get breast cancer screening without an appointment.