Increased steps to prevent infection at seven locations and two mobile units — as well as extended hours and fast results — mean there’s no reason to put it off.
Now, more than ever, is a time to take control of your health. With October marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, take the time to schedule your annual mammogram.
Increased steps to prevent infection at seven locations and two mobile units — as well as online scheduling, extended hours and quick turnaround for results — mean there’s no reason to put it off. More women in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Healthcare than any other provider.
We offer a full range of screenings, breast cancer diagnostics and support services. Our specialists provide personalized guidance to women with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast or underarm area. Sometimes breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes even before the original tumor is large enough to be felt.
“Warning signs can include a lump or bump in the breast or armpit, swelling, warmth, redness, heaviness, nipple discharge, nipple retraction (pulling in), dimpling, thickening or shape change of the breast,” said Laila S. Agrawal, M.D., medical oncologist with Norton Cancer Institute.
Breast cancer prevention
Preventing breast cancer begins with living a healthy lifestyle. While some risk factors, including a family history of breast cancer, cannot be changed, the following lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk:
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Don’t smoke.
- Use caution when considering hormone replacement therapy.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day, six days a week.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Pay attention to changes in your breast, such as lumps, bumps or skin changes.
“It is important for a woman to be familiar with her breasts to know what is normal — and what is not,” Dr. Agrawal said. “Touch them, feel them, say hello in the shower standing up and in bed lying down. Know what is normal, and if there is a change, bring it to your provider’s attention right away.”