As a mom and a health enthusiast, I firmly believe that knowledge is power. And, as we approach October, aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I think we must take a little bit of time to “Think Pink.” There will be more than 231,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in U.S. women in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society. As mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, we must spread awareness as well as provide hope and love for all touched by this.
The best way to combat breast cancer is by early detection. Here are some tests that can help women be healthy and knowledgeable about our bodies.
- Self-Exam: Learn how to perform regular self-exams. While some cancers are too tiny to feel, and most lumps are not cancer, self-exams are a proactive way to help take care of yourself.
- Clinical Exam: A clinical exam is a breast exam performed by a health care professional. It’s a basic part of women’s check-ups, starting at age 20.
- Mammogram: This is a special type of X-ray taken to look for abnormal growths or changes in breast tissue. It’s a key tool in breast cancer detection, though no test is perfect.
- Ultrasound: Doctors sometimes use ultrasound images to determine more details of a lump.
- MRI: MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and is often used to detect breast cancer.
- Biopsy: When doctors perform a biopsy, they remove cells from a suspicious mass to see if it’s cancer.
You should talk to a trusted health professional about any concerns you might have. And if you’re thinking about plastic surgery, always be sure to find a well—respected board certified plastic surgeon, like the popular Phoenix breast augmentation surgeon.
In October, you’ll probably come across fun charity promotions to “Think Pink.” Walk as a family to raise awareness, drink a pink cocktail to contribute funds and talk with your inner circle about how to be healthy and proactive.