By Riva Preil
October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this is an appropriate time for us to review important health care information. In my opinion, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, and fortunately, the American Cancer Society has established guidelines for us to follow. Women over 40 years of age should have annual mammograms and clinical breast exams (CBE). Women in their 20s and 30s should also have CBEs every three years. All women should perform a monthly breast self-exam (BSE)- refer to attached link for further details.
Furthermore, starting at age 50, both men and women should participate in colorectal cancer and polyp tests, including flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, colonoscopy every ten years, double contrast barium enema every five years, or CT colonography (also called virtual colonoscopy) every five years. Endometrial (uterine) cancer and prostate cancer should also be screened appropriately. Please speak with your primary care physician regarding further details.
Prevention also includes maintaining proper general health care. This includes avoiding cigarettes, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy weight, participating in regular exercises, eating healthy foods (ex. fruits and vegetables), and regular medical check-ups. May we all celebrate this year’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the best of health!
Click here for even more information from Cancer.org.