October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is almost over. But getting tested for breast cancer is not something you want to put off any longer.
Breast Cancer is still the most common cancer in women. Men also get breast cancer, about 100 times less often than women.
The National Cancer Institute expects within the next 15 years to have a 50% increase in Americans diagnosed with breast cancer. This is in part because people are living longer combined with a rising population.
Most breast cancers occur in women who don’t have a family history of breast cancer. The mammogram is still an important screening tool to detect breast cancer. The earlier cancer is detected, the better the survival rate.
Breast self-exam is an important part of a breast cancer screening strategy. The best time to do monthly breast self-exam is 3-5 days after your period starts. Breasts are less tender and lumpy at that time during your menstrual cycle.
So talk to your doctor about screening options. Taking action now is empowering.
I’m Dr. Tim Kuhlman, Naturopathic Physician, atwww.ChehalisNaturopathic.com.
Call us at (360) 996-4761 to schedule your appointment.