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Breast Cancer

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Lindsey Hetebry – Mammography Technologist

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women. A mammogram can help detect it early when it’s easier to treat. While national breast cancer awareness month, each October, is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection this health information for women is timeless.

Breast cancer is a huge issue for women, it is very important. Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or background. It is the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women. Among women in the US an estimated 252,000 cases will be diagnosed this year and over 40,000 deaths will occur.

An important way to keep up with your breast health is to know what changes to look for: a lump in your breast, which is the most common symptom. Swelling in or around your breasts, collar bone or arm pit. If the skin of your breast starts to feel like an orange peel or gets red, breast warmth and itching, nipple changes or discharge and pain. Although most breast cancers do not cause pain in the breast some do. If you notice anything out of the ordinary don’t delay in seeing your health care provider.

Our Breast Care Program helps women deal with emotional and physical aspects of breast cancer. Mammography is available at most of our Health Care Centers and we have a Breast Care Center at our Rancho Charleston location. The program is certified by the Nation Consortium of Breast Centers and helps in making decisions about treatment options with individual counseling and one on one consultations. We also offer education and awareness programs to the community and we have performed over 46,000 mammograms last year. You can always schedule a screening by calling 702-877-5390 or by visiting smalv.com.

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