This October, the focus is on prevention
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual reminder to do a self-check for signs and symptoms, schedule a mammogram appointment and to remember women who currently are fighting breast cancer or have lost their battle.
Breast cancer fast facts
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- About 1 percent of men are diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Early detection reduces deaths from breast cancer.
- Women over 40 should get a mammogram yearly.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women.
- Over 3 million people are breast cancer survivors.
How to reduce your breast cancer risk
- Be active by exercising most days of the week (walking, jogging, yoga, etc.).
- Maintain a healthy weight. Know your body mass index (BMI), and if you are in the obese or morbidly obese range, lose weight.
- Don’t smoke. If you do, stop.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink.
Get a mammogram aboard the Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center
- The mobile unit is a 40-foot truck with an exam room and mammography equipment
- Staffed with board-certified nurse practitioners, registered nurses, certified mammogram technicians and health navigators
- Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness team partners with over 200 community organizations across our service area, bringing health care to a convenient location near you
To schedule a mammogram or well woman exam at an upcoming Mobile Prevention Center screening location, call (502) 899-6842 or visit NortonScreenings.com.