Crozer-Keystone Helps Promote Breast Health Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Along with numerous campaigns and charities that help raise money for breast cancer, increasing awareness of the disease to young girls and women is of utmost importance this month. Crozer-Keystone joins in spreading the word on the importance of breast cancer awareness and how it can be prevented and treated.
During the month of October, Crozer-Keystone is hosting a range of free events. Learn more and sign up today.
“Many times patients find breast abnormalities on an exam, and do not have them evaluated by their doctor,” says Thomas Matulewski, M.D., medical director of the Center for Breast Health at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “Most abnormalities are not cancer, but they should be evaluated. Breast cancer is usually not painful. My advice is to take an active role in your breast health. Get regular exams and mammograms as indicated, and avoid excessive alcohol and try to lose those excess pounds. If you have any concerns at any age see your doctor.”
Yearly mammograms for women over the age of 40 are an essential part of a proper breast health program. “Mammograms are important because they detect early breast cancer,” says Mary Lou Patton M.D., American College of Surgeons liaison for the Crozer Regional Cancer Center. “If there is a strong family history, it would be beneficial to see a geneticist or a breast surgeon — they can determine the appropriate time for a mammogram.
“Women with a genetic mutation (BRCA1) that indicates a strong predisposition to develop breast cancer may require a mammogram and MRI at the age of 25 and yearly thereafter, along with breast examinations by a physician as often as every six months accompanied by monthly self-examination,” Patton continues. “For every 100 women with breast cancer, there is one man diagnosed, and they, too, are at increased risk if there is a strong family history or genetic mutation."
Other essential parts of your “good breast-health program” should be an annual visit to your gynecologist or midwife for regular annual examinations, and monthly breast self-exams to help you become familiar with your breasts and identify when something could be wrong.
For more information about breast health services, visit http://www.crozerkeystone.org/services/breast-health/. To learn more about Crozer-Keystone Cancer Services or to schedule an appointment with a physician who cares for cancer patients, visit https://www.crozerkeystone.org/services/cancer/ or call 1-866-695-HOPE (4673).
To make an appointment for a mammogram at a CKHS facility, call 1-866-5-CK-XRAY (1-866-525-9729) or visit http://ckimaging.crozerkeystone.org.