Save the TaTa's

Wellness RN

Jenn CorbettOctober 20, 2011 

With October being breast cancer awareness month I knew the Sierra Star needed to give the TaTa's a little attention. If it was up to me I would turn the Sierra Star pink for the month of October but since it is not I will give you a little 411 instead.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time.

Over 200,000 women are diagnosed annually and more than thirty percent of those diagnosed will be diagnosed once the cancer has moved beyond stage 1.

With early detection and positive life style changes breast cancer no longer has to be a death sentence. When detected early the five year survival rate is 98%. In most cases, healthy lifestyle habits can and will prevent breast cancer. There is a two fold approach to winning the battle against breast cancer; awareness and prevention. Within that approach I want you to think in three's.

Awareness: Over recent years the waters have become muddled when it comes to screening. I am going to give you three straight forward guidelines:

1. Know your breasts! Pay attention so that when there are variations from your norm you will know. Changes you may see or feel are lumps, tenderness, change in shape, color changes in breast or nipple, swelling, and pitting (orange peel appearance).

2. Have a clinical breast exam every 1-3 years depending on your risk level. (visit: www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool to help determine your risk)

3. Get a mammogram every 1-2 years after the age of 50 unless risk level is high or your doctor recommends one earlier. (American Cancer Society still recommends a yearly mammogram after the age of 40.)

Prevention: Research has proven that high levels of Estrogen fuel tumor growth. Prevention recommendations help to decrease high estrogen production in the body.

1. Diet: Eating a well balanced, high fruit and vegetable, low fat diet will reduce your risk. Diets high in fat trigger estrogen production.

2. Exercise: Exercise boosts your immune system and lowers estrogen. It is recommended that you have some level of moderate exercise on most days.

3. Follow up with your primary care doctor or gynecologist annually.

It is also recommended that you limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day, limit excessive stress, and assess your genetic risk for developing breast cancer.

There are two websites that I love for information on breast cancer and prevention.

They are easy to maneuver and they are filled with great information including breast cancer education, common myth's, FAQ's, and resources for the newly diagnosed patient and their families. You can even create your own early detection plan and receive reminders via email or text message. www.nationalbreastcancer.org and www.cancer.org.

Think pink, support the cause, save a life and find a cure.

Jenn Corbett is a wife, mother and RN. She has worked in the medical field for nearly 20 years with a specialty in women's health and pediatrics as well as the study of nutrition and its effect on the body. Submit questions to Wellness RN, wellnessrn@sti.net or mail to P.O. Box 575, Oakhurst, Ca 93644.

Jenn Corbett is a wife, mother and RN. She has worked in the medical field for nearly 20 years with a specialty in women's health and pediatrics as well as the study of nutrition and its effect on the body. Submit questions to Wellness RN,

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