Think Pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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This month is October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Personal Concierge MD wants to encourage women and men to be aware of breast cancer and maintain healthcare prevention with your primary care physician. Please read the paragraphs below to learn more about breast cancer and screening measures.

According to the American Cancer Society, women between the ages of 40 and 44 have the option to start screening mammogram yearly. Women 45 to 54 should get annual mammograms. Women 55 and older can get mammograms every other year or yearly. Furthermore, screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and has a life expectancy of 10 years or greater.

Don't forget that men are at risk for breast cancer as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women. However, breast cancer does occur in men although it is more common in older men.

Don't forget that men are at risk for breast cancer as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a disease that affects women. However, breast cancer does occur in men although it is more common in older men.

Regardless of gender, please notify your primary care physician if you have any breast related symptoms such as painless lump, changes in the skin of your breast, changes of the nipple and/or nipple discharge!

Don't forget to get an annual physical exam with your primary care physician!

References:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-breast-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20374740
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html

Written by Dr. Jason T. Hayes, MD, MBA, MSPH, FACP

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