Pink is the new Orange in October!
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Why Think Pink?
One in eight women will develop cancer during her lifetime.
• Almost 232,340 new breast cancer cases are expected in 2013.
• Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American women.
• Risk factors for breast cancer include age, family history of cancer, alcohol use and obesity.
• Women age 40 and older should get a mammogram every one to two years
*Statistics are according to the American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer: Know the Risks
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when chances for survival are highest.
1. Know your risk
- Talk to both sides of your family to learn about your family health history
- Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer
2. Get screened
- Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40
- Sign up for your screening reminder at www.komen.org/reminder
3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:
- Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that doesn't go away
To see illustrations of these warnings signs please visit the Breast Facts section.
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Add exercise into your routine
- Limit alcohol intake
- Limit menopausal hormone use
- Breastfeed, if you can
Early detection is the best protection. Schedule your mammogram today!
We understand mammograms come with a cost. The information below will link you to several resources that may provide assistance. Please remember that mammogram assistance programs require a doctor’s referral for a mammogram.
Criteria for Rex Mammography Assistance
Community Outreach Programs
Community Partners Contact Information
Provider List for Uninsured Women
Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Triangle
Rex Healthcare Foundation
Wake County Medical Society
Rex Patient Financial Assistance
Local Community Resources- Programs and Services