• Breast Cancer Screenings Save Lives

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in New York; but, with early detection and treatment, chances of survival are good.

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Affinity wants to remind all their cisgender female and transgender male members to sign up for a breast exam. Remember, a breast exam is not the same as a mammogram. During a breast or chest exam, a doctor will feel for lumps or other irregularities on and around the breast tissue, and will recommend other tests if something seems unusual. This is typically a part of your annual wellness visit.

    Starting in their twenties, women should get a breast exam from their doctor every 1 to 3 years. After 40, it must be every year. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for a chest exam, and bring up any concerns right away. Early diagnosis could be a matter of life or death.

    Is there anything you can do to prevent breast cancer? Sadly no, but you can reduce your risk by:

    • Exercising regularly and staying at a healthy weight
    • Drinking very little alcohol or none at all
    • Avoiding cigarettes

    John Diamond, English journalist and broadcaster, said, “Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” Patients, providers, and care plans must all work together to make sure that a cancer diagnosis does not become a life sentence.