SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (The Daily Dish) – Women in Utah get routine breast screenings at at much lower rate than women in the rest of the country by an estimated 8%.
Breast Cancer Prevention Headlines:
• Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among U.S. women
• The best form of treatment is early detection
• Early-stage breast cancer, however, often doesn’t present with any symptoms
• Mammograms can be the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stage
Are there common symptoms of breast cancer women should be aware of?
• Often, early-stage breast cancer is painless and doesn’t present with any symptoms
• When symptoms do present, they can vary from person to person
• Some of the more common symptoms can include:
o Noticing a lump in the breast or underarm
o Changes in size or shape, or thickening or swelling in parts of the breast
o Any new pain, irritation, or redness in the breast area
• You should get evaluated if you notice any of the most common symptoms
• It’s also important to note, though, that these symptoms could all be caused by other conditions, from taking certain medications to weight gain
How do I know if I’m at risk?
• Anyone can get breast cancer, but it’s more common in women, and as you age
• Most breast cancer is found in women 50 years of age and older
• Some women develop breast cancer without any obvious risk factors present, while others with risk factors never develop it
• But knowing your risk factors—both the ones you can and cannot change—can help you work with your doctor on preventative and screening measures
• Risk factors you can’t change include:
o Aging – Again, your risk increases with age
o Personal and/or family history of cancer
o Non-cancerous breast diseases – Having other, non-cancerous breast diseases may increase your risk of developing cancer
o Reproductive history
o A history of radiation therapies
o Breast density
• Risk factors you can change include:
o Not being physically active, especially after menopause
o Taking hormones
o Alcohol consumption
How do I reduce my risk?
• Preventative steps can potentially lower your risk, including keeping active, limiting alcohol intake, and seeking help to quit smoking if you’re a smoker
• If you have a family history of cancer, or are taking hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, talk to your doctor about potential increased risks
• Your risk factors determine how often your doctor will recommend you get a mammogram
Where can I get more information?
You can learn more about the Optum Mobile Clinic, including seeing specific stops and making an appointment if you’re a member, by calling 866.393.1213, or visit optum.com/utah.
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