Published: October 6, 2021
If you are seeing pink right now, it’s because of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A time when we remember the lives of women who have been touched by breast cancer. It’s the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women of 44-55 years of age. Yet diagnosed early, and in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 99% according to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
The earlier a cancer can be found, the broader treatment options you have. Take these 3 Action Steps today to help prevent breast cancer.
- Get your Mammogram – Recommended every 2 years for women ages 50-70, based on health history and other risk factors. Yes, you may experience temporary discomfort, but preventive screenings are vital. When you complete your screening, go enter to win a $100 gift card – just a “you go girl” from your WHA health plan!
Note: A mammogram is a special x-ray used to see the tissue and glands of your breasts. It can detect small lumps – even years before it can be felt by hand. The mammography uses only a low level of radiation so it is considered safe.
- Wellness Visit + Clinical Breast Exam – Recommended for women ages 40+, during your yearly wellness visit your doctor examines your breast for any abnormalities.
- Breast Self-Exam – Recommended for women at every age on a monthly basis. Become familiar with your breasts and more able to recognize any small changes. If you find something unusual, don’t panic because the majority are not cancerous. But take note of what you find and contact your doctor.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re giving away a $100 gift card each week of October just for getting your mammogram!
For more tips on prevention including a Presentation on Breast Health tips, in English and Spanish, go to our Women’s Wellness,
Breast Health web page.