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BHSJ CHA Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday October 4, 2019

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind residents about the importance of preventative screening.

“Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms,” says Yvonne Atwood, Director of Personal Health and Disease Prevention at the local health department. There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include:

If you have any signs that worry you, don’t wait to see if it will go away! See your doctor immediately. Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. Many factors over the course of a lifetime can influence your breast cancer risk. You can’t change some factors, such as getting older or your family history, but you can help lower your risk of breast cancer by taking care of your health in the following ways:

Each year in the United States, more than 245,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men. Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screening.