In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Family HealthCare Network encourages you to check your breast health. This national campaign is intended to increase awareness and to promote regular screenings as one of the most effective tools used to for early detection. Early detection provides the best chance of successful treatment, so we encourage you to visit with your primary care provider to discuss a breast cancer screening plan that best fits your situation.
The Best Prevention is Early Detection
Studies have shown that your risk for breast cancer is due to a combination of factors. The main factors that influence risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older. At Family HealthCare Network, we recommend
- Women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years.
- Women who are 40 to 50 years old should talk to their doctor about when to start and how often to get a mammogram.
At Home Screenings
Get to know your body and how to give yourself self-guided breast exams so you can recognize anything that doesn’t look or feel right. Develop a breast cancer screening plan with your health care provider so you know how often to self-exam, schedule your clinical exams, screenings, and mammograms. Learn your family history to see what potential risk factors you might need to be aware of. Below are some symptoms to look out for:
- A lump, mass and change in the feel or position of the breast are among the most common symptoms of breast cancer.
- Swelling, redness, or inflammation
- Changes in the nipple
- Nipple discharge
- Pain in the breast
- Itchy or irritated breasts
- Changes in color
- Peeling or flaky skin
It’s important to alert your health care provider as soon as you experience symptoms.
Affording Treatment and Services
Did you know there are programs offered that can assist with breast & cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic services, and treatment? Ask for more information regarding Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program or Every Woman Counts at your time of visit.
Did you know FHCN offers mammography services? In partnership with Assured Imaging, mammography is made available at various FHCN sites. Our goal is to ensure equitable access to this potentially lifesaving service. Talk to your provider today about creating a breast health plan that fits your needs or to schedule a mammography appointment. Visit fhcn.org/mammo for more information or call us at 877-960-3426.
Mammography Services Offered At
Cutler, Exeter, Farmersville, Fresno, Goshen, Hanford, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia, Woodlake
Breast Cancer Screenings for LGBTQ+
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FHCN reminds you to talk to your health care provider to discuss a breast cancer screening plan that best fits you. Screening and early detection provide the best chance of successful treatment. Transgender women have denser breasts which increases the risk for breast cancer. Transgender men may have excess of testosterone that can be converted to estrogen and the excess increases the risk of breast cancer. Talk to your provider today for an appointment by calling 877-960-3426.