Breast Cancer Awareness Offered at Several Locations this Month
Rochelle Community Hospital will be offering breast cancer education at several locations throughout the month of October. Stop by to pick up some materials regarding prevention and early detection, giveaways and speak with mammogram techs on these dates:
Tuesday, October 8—“Volley For a Cure”, RTHS Volleyball at 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday, October 14-18—All mammography patients will receive pink carnations compliments of Cypress House in honor of Mammography Day, October 18.
Tuesday, October 15— “Volley For a Cure” at Ashton-Franklin Center High School in Ashton at 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 17— Coffee House Night at Cypress House, 718 Tenth Avenue in Rochelle from 4-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 – UMW Fall Bazaar at the Ashton Methodist Church, 906 Richardson Avenue in Ashton, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
RCH is an accredited mammogram facility. To schedule a mammography screening appointment, please call 815-562-2181, ext. 1350. Diagnostic mammograms require an order from your physician. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the Radiology department at the same number.
Breast Cancer Statistics
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, after skin cancer. It accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in women. By the end of 2013, an estimated 232,340 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and an estimated 39,620 women will die from breast cancer. The risks generally increase with age. Almost 8 of every 10 new breast cancer cases and almost 9 of every 10 breast cancer deaths are in women 50 years old and older.
Prevention and Early Detection
- Because obesity and excess weight increase the risk of developing breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that women maintain a healthy weight throughout their life. Losing even a small amount of weight has health benefits and is a good place to start.
- Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10%-20% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who get no exercise. Doing even a little physical activity beyond your regular daily routine can have many health benefits.
- Many studies have confirmed that drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7% to 12% for each serving per day. If you do drink alcohol, the American Cancer Society recommends women limit themselves to no more than 1 drink per day.
- A recent study by American Cancer Society researchers found that current smokers had a 12% higher risk of breast cancer than women who never smoked. Research also suggests that risk may be greater for women who begin smoking before they give birth to their first child. Quitting has numerous health benefits.
- To find breast cancer early, when treatments are more likely to be successful, the American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older have a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year, and younger women have clinical breast exams periodically as well (preferably at least every 3 years). (www.cancer.org)
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