If there is one myth about breast cancer that needs to be corrected, it’s that breast cancer is only a risk for older women. Nothing could be further from the truth! While risk does increase with age, more than a quarter of a million women under the age of 40 are living with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Our team at Renaissance Alliance is very committed to getting the word out because one of our beloved colleagues, Erica, is currently battling breast cancer. We’re participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Worcester as Erica’s Entourage and if you’d like to support our efforts, we’d be appreciative!
We’re also eager to do what we can to get the facts out about breast cancer. We’ve gathered a few helpful links and have posted an infographic below.
Take the time to learn about risk factors. Making lifestyle changes can help limit your risk – quitting smoking, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, for example. Early detection is also critical so many health authorities suggest s Well Woman check with a physician or clinic annually. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) offers guidance by age for what an annual well-woman assessment might include in terms of screenings, immunizations and lab tests.
- Breast cancer: Myths vs Facts
- Breast cancer risk factors and prevention
- Frequently asked questions about mammograms
- Mammograms: What do I ask the doctor