October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
More and more women are surviving breast cancer thanks to better, earlier diagnosis and treatment plans. But this is still a huge problem today as Breast Cancer is still one of the leading cancers in women. It is important that all women become aware of hereditary factors, take steps to reduce risk, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and follow routine screenings.
Within my office we take steps to help our clients assess their hereditary breast cancer risk. We ask that our clients fill out a risk assessment form which tracks various cancers throughout your family tree. Additionally, we can talk about specific gene mutations that have been directly linked to the development of breast cancer and talk about what to do if these gene mutations occur in you or your family. By encouraging our patients to follow routine breast screenings and get their mammograms, we also support early diagnosis. Your annual women’s appointment is a great time to talk about planning and preparing for these types of appointments.
In addition, I prescribe safe, natural bio-identical hormones whenever Hormone Replacement Therapy is desired or needed. There have been many studies published over the years about hormone therapy and breast cancer, and I follow them. My patients are trusting me to help them make informed decisions for their immediate and future health and it’s my responsibility to stay on top of the latest research. I look at not only American studies but studies from other countries to get a well-rounded global perspective.
For information on Breast Cancer, screenings, or how you can get involved, please visit any of the following links: