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EDUCATE. EMPOWER. FIGHT.

As October brings brilliant fall colors and pumpkin spiced lattes, it also brings with it the power of PINK! Those pink ribbons can be found on food packaging, car magnets, lapel pins and more, but there is POWER IN all that PINK. It gives us the opportunity to create awareness and start talking about ways women and men can recognize signs and symptoms of breast cancer for the best chances of early detection, treatment and survival. 

Throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will share statistics, information and helpful resources about breast cancer. Follow us here or on our Facebook page to learn more about what you can do in the fight against breast cancer. 

Screening Saves Lives - Mammogram Guidelines and Recommendations

There has been some debate over the last few years surrounding the age at which a woman should get her first mammogram and the frequency of such. We have followed the research and have made the decision that the harm far out-weighs the benefit of prolonging these screenings. Therefore, we follow the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist’s recommendation for routine annual mammograms beginning at 40 years, as well as clinical breast exams every year for women aged 19 or older. Because each woman is unique, patients should feel comfortable discussing their screening options with their providers. For some patients with a family history of breast cancer, your physician may recommend starting these screenings earlier than 40 years. 

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Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

• Nipple discharge

• Physical lump detected

• Dimpling anywhere on the breast

• Unexplained breast swelling

• Sudden or gradual nipple inversion

• Any patches of scaly, red or inflamed  skin near or on the breast

• Sudden or prolonged nipple tenderness

• Change in skin texture anywhere on the  breast or under the arm

 If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, contact your physician today. Early detection saves lives!

Local Resources

 

logo_pink.pngAvila offers Post-Mastectomy bras & breast prostheses for women after surgery. They are certified for prostheses fittings and can help women navigate how to find what breast forms and bras  will work best for them.