“During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is important that women arm themselves with the knowledge of breast cancer risk factors,” Lilly said. “Since breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women, it is imperative that women are also aware of recommended health screening guidelines.”
For woman in her early-to-mid 40s, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends consulting with medical doctors about personal risk factors breast cancer, which can include aging, alcohol use, family history, lack of exercise and weight. Beginning at age 45 and until their mid-50s, the ACS recommends that women should receive an annual mammogram. For women age 55 and older, the ACS suggests women can switch to receiving mammograms every other year, or continue annual exams based on a doctor’s recommendation. The ACS also advises that women should be familiar with the normal look and feel of their breasts and to report abnormalities to a health care provider.
“For women at risk for breast cancer, appropriate screening and early detection can be the difference between life and death,” Lilly said. “This October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I highly encourage at-risk women to proactively screen for breast cancer.”
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