Many women across this country are familiar with breast cancer either through a personal or family experience. However many women may not be familiar with what the real story is of someone who has had to go through a breast cancer diagnosis and the toll that treatment can take on the mind, body, soul and family. There are a lot of topics that we could talk about during breast cancer awareness month however our goal for this month is to really just give a voice to this disease. We want to share the stories of women who have had this diagnosis, gone through treatment and come out on the other side. We will also share some public tribute stories also as not every woman does come out of the other side of this disease and we want these stories to underscore the importance of health, wellness, and prevention.
Our first story is from Claire who first found out about her breast cancer diagnosis when pregnant. These excerpts show Claire telling her diagnosis and treatment story.
If you have not yet scheduled your mammogram for this year and you are over 40 or have a high risk of breast cancer and under 40 please schedule your appointment for evaluation and mammogram order here.
Are you at risk?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Women with the following characteristics have been found to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
- Increasing age (especially older than 55)
- Genetic factors (think about your family history)
- Personal history of benign breast disease
- Previous chest irradiation
- Lifestyle factors (diet & amount of exercise along with weight along with other factors)
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment about what you can do to lower your risk factors for breast cancer please schedule here.