Breast Cancer: Early Detection Can Save Your Life

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hopefully we're all aware of the high risk of breast cancer that surrounds us.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hopefully we are all aware of the high risk of breast cancer that surrounds us.  We know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and all of us have someone close who has suffered with this cancer.  In my own family, we lost Mary Ann’s mom, who was my wife’s mother, to this terrible disease.

Early detection saves lives, and it is all of our responsibility to encourage the special women whom we love to practice good breast health, which should include:

• Monthly self breast exams

• At a minimum of once a year, breast exams from your health care provider

• Yearly mammograms starting at age 40

• Special follow-up programs if there is a strong family history of breast cancer

As a gynecologist, breast health has been a daily and major part of my professional life.  I encourage all of my patients to be their own best advocates when it comes to breast health.  Do your self-exams. Do the recommended breast studies.  Once the studies are done, get the results and understand what the results are.  Do the follow-up studies and follow-up consults that are advised.  If there is a problem, see the breast specialists.  Get second opinions if there is ever a doubt.  Let us all work together to defeat this foe!

-Dr. P

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Judy Griffin, Certified Holistic Health Coach October 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Hi Dr. P., While I appreciate your article I think it is essential for women to learn that they can take measures to promote Breast Health. As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach I am passionate about teaching women the positive impact of nutrient dense whole foods like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel spouts, cabbage, Kale), cauliflower), flax seeds, whole grains like quinoa, fitness, adequate levels of Vitamin D & other vitamins & mineral, Iodine, a healthy ratio to estrogen & progesterone, fitness, stress management, & more. Too few physicians explain that Mammograms are not nearly as effective if you have dense breast tissue. As a woman with dense breast tissue I feel much more comfortable with the results of a sonogram and a Breast Thermography. Please take a look at my post about Breast Thermography. http://nourishingsolutions4life.com/blog/2012/09/breast-thermography. I would love to hear your feedback. I think physician's like you can serve women more effectively if you encourage them to to be more proactive rather than solely relying on Early Detection.
Michael H. Polcino, M.D. October 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Hi Judy, thank you for your comments regarding my blog. I appreciate your reply. Part of my office visit with my patients is always a review of not only complete breast health but keeping their entire bodies healthy. We stress good nutrient and exercise in my office and pride ourselves on our holistic approach to a healthy person. I did enjoy your input and look forward to reading your blogs. Michael Polcino
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