That is why Curves’ locations, including the one at 200 W. FM 351 in Beeville, are encouraging women to get annual mammograms and perform monthly breast self-exams during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
“Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer among women worldwide and National Cancer Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity for us to emphasize ways of prevention,” says Alice Box of the Beeville Curves.
Based on recent information released about breast cancer, Box has provided the following advice for local women regarding breast self-exams:
•How can women exercise good breast health?
Most women who think of screening for breast cancer think of mammograms, but there are three ways to screen for breast cancer: mammography, clinical breast exam by a health care professional and breast self-exams. When combined, they offer the best opportunity to detect the disease at its earliest, most treatable stages.
•How important is early detection?
Early detection means the availability of more treatment options. More than 95 percent of women whose breast cancer is caught in its earliest stages are more likely to be healthy and disease-free five years after their diagnosis and treatment, Box said.
•How important are breast self-exams?
Breast self-exams catch a significant number of breast cancers, some 15 to 20 percent, that otherwise might have gone undetected for possibly up to a year between doctor visits, Box said. And, about 80 percent of breast cancers not discovered by mammography are found by women themselves. Through breast self-exams, women are in the position to detect subtle changes in their breast tissue.
Recent research has linked obesity and excess weight with an increased risk for various cancers, including breast cancer. According to Box, Curves has been a long-committed partner in the fight against cancer, raising millions of dollars annually for research, treatment and recovery programs. The company has helped millions of women around the world lose millions of pounds and move away from all types of diseases.
“When women understand that one-third of all breast cancer can be related to lack of exercise and poor diet, they’ll see that they have the opportunity to have much more control over their cancer risk,” Box said. “We want to encourage women to learn more about the impact wellness has on preventing cancer.”