Oct 6, 2017 by Linnea Frericks
Breast cancer is typically painless and does not present outward signs or symptoms of growing within the body, yet it is a deadly disease that accounts for 30 percent of all cancer in women and impacts one in eight women in America. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, seniors should learn about the risk factors and screenings available.
The primary risk factor for breast cancer is genetic. Seniors with a first-degree relative (mother, daughter, etc) who had or has breast cancer have double the risk of getting breast cancer themselves. Women who have late menopause or who never deliver a child are also at increased risk.
Other factors that increase a woman's risk of breast cancer include smoking, regularly drinking three or more alcoholic drinks in a week, long-term oral contraceptive use, and being overweight or obese. Unlike genetic risks, these risks are associated with lifestyle choices that can be altered.
Breast cancer screenings are important to identify and treat the condition. Monthly self-checks should be conducted from the time a girl reaches puberty. Once a woman reaches menopause, they should add annual mammograms to their routine. Self-checks are looking for lumps, tenderness, and unusual pain. Mammograms have the advantage of spotting cancer cells before a lump or tenderness could be identified.
For seniors receiving support from Comfort Keepers Holland, MI location Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when caregivers can remind them about the importance of annual screenings. Seniors who require daily living assistance may need putting it all together. In these cases, caregivers from Comfort Keepers Holland, MI office can help arrange screening appointments, provide transportation to and from the doctor's office, and ensure seniors receive the physical and emotional support they need through the process.
For more information about breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or the many supports and services available through the Comfort Keepers Holland, MI location contact a senior care coordinator today.
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