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Breast Cancer: Texas Women Can Take Control

An estimated 252,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the coming year. While it may not be possible to prevent every case, there are steps that can be taken to lower risks for breast cancer. Texas women will also find they can take control over this disease to help ensure an early diagnosis should it form.

Here are a few steps women should take to gain control over breast cancer:

  • Go in for routine checkups – Annual checkups that include breast examinations should be a routine part of every woman’s life. While most cases of breast cancer form later in life, that is simply not always the case. Basic annual exams can serve as a first line of defense against this disease.
  • Undergo a risk evaluation – Breast cancer has many risk factors. While some cannot be changed, such as genetic mutations, others are quite addressable. A risk evaluation performed by a doctor can pinpoint factors that can be changed and help women and their healthcare providers make decisions about more intensive screenings.
  • Address risk factors that can be changed – Obesity, lack of physical activity and overuse of alcohol may all play roles in increasing risks for breast cancer. Texas healthcare providers strongly recommend women address these risks.
  • Go in for routine mammograms – A baseline mammogram is recommended around the age of 35. Women will find that yearly mammograms should start around the age of 40, but certain risk factors may require earlier screening.
  • Be sure to perform self-exams – Monthly self-examinations are important tools that can help lead to the detection and successful treatment of this disease. During these checks, it’s recommended women look for any lumps or changes in breast tissue that have never been noticed before. If any abnormalities are found, it’s best to check with a healthcare provider for advice.

Breast cancer claims the lives of more than 40,000 women across the country each year. Women in Texas can take control of this disease by taking proactive measures and doing their part to make sure it is detected early should it develop.



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