October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One critical way to take care of ourselves and focus on things we can control is to make sure we are up to date on our cancer screenings. For women over age 40, this includes getting regular mammograms done to screen for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, with the exception of skin cancer. Find out how much early detection can impact a person's chance of survival. Watch "Breast Cancer Screening Facts (Part 1)" to learn more.
Many women who are susceptible to developing cancer have discovered this by having their yearly mammograms. This can alert family members to an increased risk of breast cancer and potentially save the lives of their loved ones.
I have been working as a family physician for over 27 years now and feel it is a privilege to be an integral part of my patients’ healthcare. I try my best to give my patients the best care that I can and base my decisions on facts and medical evidence. So I had to do some soul searching when I realized that I haven’t been offering my patients the chance to prevent 90% of a certain type of cancer.