During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, North Texas Medical Center is proud to share the importance of early detection and intervention.
“About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer during their lifetime,” said NTMC Chief Nursing Officer Bonnie Hess. “Although breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, most can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.”
To help prevent breast cancer, “Exercise is one of the best things you can do,” said Hess. “Get moving. Even walking decreases levels of estrogen, a hormone linked to breast cancer and stored in fat tissue. It’s also advised to eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy weight for breast and overall health.” In addition, knowing how breasts normally look and feel through regular breast self-examination can be helpful, since there can be early warning signs even before symptoms may appear.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, women between the ages of 40 and 49 should talk to their physician about when to start and how often to get screening mammograms. Women age 50 to 74 are advised to get a mammogram at least every two years. “Talk with your doctor about your risk for developing breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer,” said Hess.
NTMC’s Imaging Department offers both 2D and 3D mammograms. During the month of October, NTMC is teaming up with MD Save to offer 2D mammograms for just $99 and 3D mammograms for only $149. You can purchase a mammogram in October and schedule your screening anytime within the next six months. To schedule through MD Save, just visit www.mdsave.com/north-tx-mammo.
Providers associated with NTMC are available to discuss a patient’s breast health or any health concerns. “At NTMC, we focus on providing excellent care to every patient every time, whether it’s a seasonal concern, an illness or injury or something more serious,” said Hess. “Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate healthcare for our neighbors and surrounding communities.”
Please call the NTMC Health Complete Care Clinic at (940) 612-8750 for help in finding a physician to meet your health care needs. To learn more about North Texas Medical Center and our services, please visit www.ntmconline.net.