Breast cancer, the most common disease among women in the United States, accounts for nearly one of every three cancers diagnosed. With that statistic in mind, you no doubt know someone in your family or circle of friends and acquaintances that has been touched by this disease. Even though the vast majority of breast cancers occur in women, men are at risk as well.
On Wednesday, October 9, Dr. Kerri Murray, a general surgeon at the Bronson General Surgery—Battle Creek practice will talk at Burnham Brook Center about ‘Understanding Breast Cancer.’ She will stress the importance of early detection, common causes, effective advances in mammography, and new treatment options related to breast cancer.
The presentation, part of the Senior Health Partners’ ‘Aging Well’ series, will begin with a light lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Murray’s speech at noon. Her one-hour talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek. Seating is limited. For reservations call toll free (800) 451-6310.
More than 230,000 women throughout the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Sadly about 39,000 women will die from this disease in the coming year. That is the bad news. The good news is that because of medical advancements in diagnosing and treating cancer, there are approximately 2.6 million breast cancer survivors!
Unfortunately many women refuse to take a proactive role against breast cancer and ignore the situation completely. Just being a female is the greatest risk factor for breast cancer. Yes, increasing in age and family history are other risk factors—and it can and does touch women of all races and ages. In fact, 90-95% of all breast cancers are found in women with no family history of the disease. That is why it is important to be vigilant.
There are things that can greatly reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. You can include regular exercise in your daily routine; eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet; avoid smoking; and use alcohol in moderation.
If you are 40 years of age or older, please get a mammogram and have a clinical breast exam every year. And do not forget the importance of monthly breast self-exams.
If you are a woman between the ages of 20 to 39, make certain you perform a monthly breast self-exam and have a clinical breast examination by your health care professional every three years.
Most breast lumps are benign; that is, they are not cancerous. Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths that do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life threatening. But some benign breast lumps can increase a woman’s future risk of getting breast cancer so it is important to have regular breast exams.
Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.
Dr. Murray is accepting new patients. Call (269) 245-8310 for more information. The Bronson General Surgery—Battle Creek office is located at 363 Fremont Street, Suite 208, on the second floor in the Medical Office Building.