With the color pink symbolizing hope and awareness throughout the country, it’s important that women are proactive rather than reactive when it comes to their health. AltaMed wants to help women understand that the best protection is early detection when it comes to breast cancer. At age 50, it is recommended that women receive their mammogram (an x-ray of the breast) every two years.
Many women don’t understand the significance of mammograms and how they can potentially save lives. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, mammograms correctly identify about 87 percent of breast cancer cases, which means there is an opportunity to catch breast cancer in its early stages when it can be easier to treat.
Though there is no way to prevent breast cancer, there are things that can be done that may lower your risk, according the American Cancer Society:
- Stay Healthy: Increased weight gain as an adult is linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. It’s recommended to stay at a healthy weight throughout your life and avoid excess weight gain by balancing your food intake and participating in physical activity.
- Be physically active: Many studies have shown that physical activity lowers the risk of breast cancer, so it’s important to get up and exercise. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity activity (or a combination of both) each week.
- Limit or avoid alcohol: Alcohol also increases risk of breast cancer. Women who drink should have no more than one alcoholic beverage a day. One drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
- Other factors that might lower risk: Women who are new mothers and choose to breastfeed for at least several months may also get an added benefit of reducing their breast cancer risk.
Think Pink is honored in the month of October, but can be honored all year long! At AltaMed, we want to ensure that our patients have the proper care and education to fully understand the potential risks of not being proactive with their health. For the month of October, you’ll be seeing quite a bit of pink at our medical offices and we will be offering free AltaMed gift bags to women who complete their mammograms at one of our locations. To learn more or schedule a mammogram today, please call (888) 499-9303!