Take control of your breast health

Happy Doctor Assisting Woman Undergoing Mammogram X-ray Test


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but taking control of your breast health is more than a one-month commitment. While screenings have started to rise, the gap between expected screenings and actual screenings is concerning.  

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. And breast cancer doesn’t just affect women. Though at much lower rates, men can get breast cancer, too.

“It’s important for you to understand your breast cancer risk,” says surgical oncologist, Dr. Stanley Wilson. “You should know when to get regular screenings, and you should pay attention to breast changes and make healthy choices.”


Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer screening through an imaging test called a mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer.

Women with an average risk for developing breast cancer should have a screening mammogram every year starting at age 40.

Talk to your doctor about your family history of breast cancer to determine your risk. Your risk will tell you when regular screening is right for you.


What you can watch for

Mammography is the best way to diagnose breast cancer, but you shouldn’t ignore your breasts until it is time for that exam.

Though a lump is the most common sign of breast cancer, other signs and symptoms can indicate a problem. These include:

Talk to your doctor about any signs and symptoms you notice.


A dose of cancer prevention

While not all breast cancers are preventable, you can lower your risk for cancer by practicing healthy habits:

Get a good night’s sleep. Avoid tablets, TVs and phones right before bed to allow your body to produce melatonin—the “sleep hormone.” Melatonin regulates estrogen, which has been linked in high levels to breast cancer. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

The breast health program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare is accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers.

Schedule your mammogram today. Call (843) 402-5000 or visit rsfh.com/mammo. 


2 responses to “Take control of your breast health”

  1. I have had breast Cancer. Dr. Megan Baker did my
    Surgery. I could not ask for any Drs. To be any nicer to
    To me. She did a great job. I was real and over pleased. Dr Matthew Belenor? Is my chemo Dr. I just love him. He is such a nice Dr. Also. Done a great job. I will be through with everything Oct. 6. I’m still alive.

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