October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women.  According to the American Cancer Society, about 300,590 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2023 and 43,170 women die from the disease.  Preforming monthly self-exams and seeing your provider for your annual physical to discuss your breast screening needs is a great beginning to lowering your risk.  Mammograms are the gold standard for screenings and the best way to find breast cancer early. 

Early detection saves lives.  The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.  This may be before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.  While we know having a mammogram is uncomfortable for most women, with some even finding it painful; it takes only a few moments and our technologists try to minimize your discomfort. Regular mammograms can find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. 

While most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, breast cancer also affect younger women and even men.  Be sure to make an appointment with your provider if you notice any change in the size or shape of your breast, pain in any area of your breast, discharge from the nipple or a new lump in your breast or underarm as they could be early symptoms of breast cancer. 

Floyd Valley Radiology is here every step of the way, whether you need screening, diagnosis or advanced care.