October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And medical professionals can’t say enough about the importance of taking advantage of what’s offered to prevent breast cancer. Women are encouraged to get their mammograms.
For many women, their breast cancer is first discovered after a mammogram and doctors say those women are the lucky ones.
“Once you start feeling something, you're a little later in the game,” says radiologist Dr. Luke Gerges in West Lafayette.
Whether a cancer mass is found on accident or through a routine breast examination, Dr. Gerges said this kind of discovery can be avoided. He said “Screening mammograms, it's designed to catch the earliest form of breast cancer well before you would ever feel it on your breast or it causing any symptoms. ” Dr. Gerges reports one in eight women will get breast cancer. He recommends women with an average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Average risk means no family history of breast cancer or genetic abnormalities.
More info is always available from your health professionals.