Every year in the U.S., about 255,000 women get breast cancer and it takes a big toll, with 42,000 women a year dying from the disease. While men can also get breast cancer, only 1% of breast cancer diagnoses are in men.
The primary age group of women who get breast cancer is those over the age of 50. That’s not to say they’re the only ones, however, as younger women are also diagnosed with the cancer.
For your health, please consider scheduling a mammogram. It’s easy and as simple as calling your local medical health provider or going online to make an appointment.
Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is marked by different symptoms. There are also times that women may have no symptoms. For this reason, women should get a mammogram regularly.
The CDC lists these common breast cancer symptoms:
—Any change in the size or shape of the breast
—Pain in any area of the breast
—Nipple discharge other than breast milk (which includes blood)
—A new lump in the breast or under your arm
If you should note any of these signs, or even if you are unsure or have concerns about possible symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away. Making an early diagnosis of breast cancer is a key to success.
Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Lowering your risk of breast is another obvious way to safeguard your health. The CDC lists several ways to lower your risk of breast cancer. These include:
—Keep a healthy weight and exercise regularly
—Don’t drink alcohol. If you do drink alcohol, limit the amount you consume
—If you’re taking hormone replacement therapy, ask your doctor about the risk
A CARING-FIRST ENVIRONMENT
Senior living communities like Auburn Hill Senior Living are precisely that—a community. Residents become friends and even family, and a caring team is there to help them maintain their quality of life.
At Auburn Hill Senior Living, we offer both Assisted Living and Memory Care and we care with Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Residents first and Teamwork. We like to call it Caring with H.E.A.R.T.™!