October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and AVALA is committed to educating the local community about the importance of early detection and screening. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, but it is also one of the most treatable when caught early. With statistics like 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, AVALA urges women to take a moment to check in on themselves and their breast health.
AVALA Women’s Imaging offers a variety of breast screening services, including mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs. Our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care possible.
Why is early detection important?
When breast cancer is detected early, it is more likely to be treatable and curable. That is why it is so important for women to get regular breast screenings. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors may need to start getting mammograms earlier or more often.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. However, there are other symptoms that can also occur, such as:
How can you reduce your risk of breast cancer?
There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer, including:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Avoiding smoking
You should also talk to your doctor about your risk factors for breast cancer and whether you should get genetic testing.
AVALA is here to support you. We understand that breast cancer can be a difficult and scary diagnosis. Our team of experts are here to help you navigate through it.