Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Across the U.S., October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase understanding of the disease and support research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
At Cameron Hospital, we also recognize October as Women’s Health Month. Breast health is one of the most critical aspects of a woman’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, American women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
The good news is that when detected early, breast cancer is easily treatable. With regular screenings and other preventive efforts, women are more likely to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when the disease is most responsive to treatment.
Breast Cancer Awareness Facts & Tips
Here’s what else you should know about breast cancer:
Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer
Certain women are at higher risk for breast cancer due to family history and lifestyle factors. Dr. Todd Rumsey, OB-GYN and chief medical officer at Cameron Hospital, advises patients to recognize their individual risks. Some risk factors are well known, including age, weight, reproductive history and family history of breast or ovarian cancer, Dr. Rumsey said. But others are less obvious. For example, women who haven’t had children are at increased risk for developing breast cancer, he said.
Get Regular Screenings
Mammograms are one of the most effective methods for reliably detecting breast cancer, Dr. Rumsey said. Annual breast screening exams are recommended for all women starting at age 40, although physicians may start screenings earlier for women at increased risk. Mammograms are the only tool for detecting breast cancer before patients begin feeling symptoms of the disease, Dr. Rumsey said.
Know How to Recognize the Symptoms of Breast Cancer
If you detect any potential symptoms of breast cancer, such as a new lump or swelling of the breast, contact your doctor right away. Most lumps don’t end up being cancer, but they still should be investigated.
Make Use of Support Programs
Cameron Hospital and the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust offer free women’s health services to women who are uninsured or underinsured. The Breast Health Program is designed to ensure all women have access to educational resources, screenings, treatment and support. To find out if you qualify for the program, talk to a Cameron Hospital provider.
Services available through the Breast Health Program include:
- Breast screenings and diagnostic mammograms
- High-tech 3D imaging
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Breast biopsy and aspiration
Take Advantage of Community Programs and Upcoming Events
Many refer to Breast Cancer Awareness Month as “Pinktober” in recognition of the pink ribbons that serve as a universal symbol of the fight against the disease. On Friday, Oct. 8, Cameron faculty, staff and community members were encouraged to wear pink to honor breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as those who have passed. The hospital will also remain decorated with pink ribbons and pink lights throughout October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Together with the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Cameron Hospital Foundation will be sponsoring subsidized mammograms on October 9, 16, & 23, from 8am – 2:00pm for those who are underinsured or uninsured and qualify for funding. Mammograms will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Please call 260-665-2141 Ext. 5128 to schedule or inquire if you are eligible for the program..
To learn more about breast cancer or to schedule an appointment with a Cameron Hospital provider, call 260-665-2141 today.