Breast Health Education & Support - Bronson Healthcare

Breast Health Education & Support

Whether you need a routine mammogram, a 3D mammogram or have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we are here for you. Our team will share information about your diagnosis and treatment plan, as well as support groups and additional resources that are available.

Make You a Priority
The American Cancer Society recommends screening mammograms for women starting in their 40s. Find out why it's important to make you a priority.
What is Hologic 3D Mammography?
Learn how it can help detect cancer in women, especially those with dense breast tissue.

Am I at risk for developing breast cancer?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several known risk factors that may affect your chances of developing of breast cancer. A few of the main factors include:

  • Gender – Women are more likely to get breast cancer than men.
  • Age – As a woman ages her chances for breast cancer increases.
  • Family history – Breast cancer risk appears to increase when a first-degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) is diagnosed with breast cancer under 40 years of age and/or has had breast cancer in both breasts.
  • Race/ethnicity – Caucasian women have a greater risk of breast cancer.
  • Genetics – Women who carry BRCA genes have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Mammograms after age 70

The decision to have a mammogram after age 70 depends on several factors, including your breast cancer risk, life expectancy and personal preferences.

Although breast cancer is a leading cause of death in older women, women over 75 haven't been included in studies of mammography. The incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. generally increases until 80 years of age. In other words, your risk of developing breast cancer increases at least until age 80 (data is not available after age 80). There is evidence that most breast cancers detected in older women are relatively slow growing and easily treated. 

The American Cancer Society recommends "Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer."

If you are over age 65, and of average risk, you can have chose to have a screening mammogram every year or every other year. We recommend yearly mammograms after age 65 if you are above average risk for developing breast cancer.

Self-breast exam

When it comes to your body, you know what is normal and what is not. Self-breast exams are a great way to find breast cancer early. Whether it is a lump, an irregularity, or something just doesn’t feel right, you’re often the first and best line of defense for early detection. Here is a step by step on how to perform a self-exam.

Breast density patient notification requirement

Michigan law was signed on June 1, 2015, requires that every woman who has a mammogram be informed if she has dense breast tissue and its potential impact. Although dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal, it can make it more difficult to find cancer even through a mammogram. It may increase your risk for breast cancer. Learn more about this law.

Health information resources

Can I prevent breast cancer?

While you are unable to control the risk factors mentioned, you can help lower your risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other illnesses by following these guidelines:

  • Smoking – If you are currently a smoker, talk to your healthcare provider about ways to quit.
  • Weight – Talk with your healthcare provider about the ideal weight for your body type. If you are overweight, discuss realistic ways you can lose weight.
  • Diet – Eat lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Limit the amount of fat you eat to less than 30 percent of your calories.
  • Exercise – Aim for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
  • Sleep health - Sleep helps to recharge you and your immune system. Make sure you’re getting the recommended about of sleep.
  • Low stress – It is important to keep your stress levels low. Be sure to take a break, or clear your head by talking to a friend if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  • Alcohol – Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

Are there any medications available to help prevent breast cancer?

There are medications that can help prevent breast cancer in women who have a high level of risk. Talk to your doctor to see if these medications are right for you.

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