Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Hospital Commander on 10/24/2012 3:01:34 PM | 2 Comments
 
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are many organizations who really promote this initiative in women’s health, which is why pink has become such a prevalent color in the Fall – along with the trees changing to bright gold, orange or red, you will often times see pink ribbons, hats, or sweatshirts dotting the landscape.

 

Pink is the color for breast cancer awareness. While women’s health and well-being is obviously important year-round, in October, we pause to remember those who have been affected by breast cancer and those who may be battling it now. We should remind our loved ones of the importance of keeping themselves healthy.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website updated May 2012, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the USA, and it is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in US women (number one cause in Hispanic women)1.

 

These numbers make us pause – that’s thousands of mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and yes, even fathers, sons, and brothers, because breast cancer can affect men, too. This is why it is vitally important to get screened.

 

There are three main types of screenings available to help detect breast cancer: mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and is the best way to detect breast cancer early – when it’s easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. According the American Cancer Society, “If you are a woman age 40 or over, you should get a mammogram every year.2

 

Don’t ever hesitate to talk to your provider about any questions or concerns you may have. A clinical breast exam can be conducted by a doctor or nurse who will feel for lumps or changes. In addition, you should be conducting your own self-breast exams every month.

 

Make sure to get screened. Talk to your healthcare provider. Know your family history. And, you should make sure to keep yourself at a healthy weight, eat and drink for proper nutrition, and get plenty of exercise. These are some of the preventive measures you can take in order to remain healthy from most diseases.

 

And while you are in the radiology department, you can also schedule to have your bone mineral density checked by a Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA scan.  This test will determine if you are at risk for a possibly preventable fracture.  DEXA is relatively easy to perform (10-20 minutes) and the amount of radiation exposure is very low (much less than that from a traditional chest X-ray).  In general the WHO and USPTF recommend DEXA scans for any post menopausal female with risk factors for early bone density loss (adult fracture, smoking, hormone replacement therapy), and for any female 65 years or older without risk factors.

 

1http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/women.htm

2http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/MoreInformation/BreastCancerEarlyDetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs-mammograms


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On 11/5/2012 4:39:13 PM, Hospital Commander wrote:

Great suggestion. We will look into this and make appropriate changes. Thank you very much for the comment.


On 11/5/2012 11:31:04 AM, SFC Ret Doug Frederick wrote: Sir, I visited the ER and first and foremost the service was great. I do have one concern which is this. When checking in before being seen in the ER they give you a wristband to wear that has the sponsors whole social security number on it. This is also on the dependents wrist band. When service members are released after being seen the first instinct is to throw the wristband away leaving the social security number out where someone could use it for identity theft. When I was in they used last 4 only, why can't they use that instead of the whole SSN. I do appreciate your help in the situation. Doug Frederick U.S.Army SFCRet