The Big Dave Show — Big Dave, Chelsie and Statt — are participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, October 28th, 2017, at Yeatman’s Cove and want you to be a part of their team! Special thanks to The James!
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S., other than skin cancer and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death, after lung cancer. The chance of a woman having breast cancer is about 1 in 8, and dying from it is about 1 in 37, but rates have been going down – most likely due to early detection and better treatment. Having routine screenings (or mammograms) and performing regular self-exams can aid in early detection, before symptoms begin to show. And when breast cancer is found early, it’s often easier to treat.
Early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer hopes to increase awareness of this and of the fight against breast cancer many women are facing.
Here are some ways you can lower your risk or have a better chance of early detection:
- Women 40 or older should get a mammogram and breast exam every year and report any breast changes to their doctor right away. The American Cancer Society has a breast cancer screening reminder that’s sent out to registered women each year when they’re due for a screening.
- Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of their regular health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years.
- Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
- The risk of breast cancer is reduced by maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, being physically active on a regular basis (the ACS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week), and limiting alcohol intake to less than one drink each day.
For information on how the American Cancer Society can help you or loved ones get the support they need, click here.