October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remind women of the need for regular breast cancer screenings. Awareness surrounding breast cancer is vital as early detection, often through screening, can catch the condition when it is most treatable.
What Are Some Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
Every woman should know how her breasts usually look and feel to recognize any changes that may occur.
Signs of breast cancer may include:
- Lump in the breast or underarm (armpit)
- Swelling or thickening of all or part of the breast
- Dimpling or skin irritation of breast skin
- Localized, persistent breast pain
- Redness, scaliness or, thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Discharge (other than breast milk)
- Any change in the size or shape of the breast
What Can I Do to Lower my Risk of Breast Cancer?
Most breast cancers are found in women ages 55 and older. Factors like family history, race, breast density, and certain breast cancer genes increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Ways to Reduce Your Risk:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Be physically active
- Follow a healthy diet
- Don’t smoke and/or limit alcohol use
- Talk to your doctor about additional risk factors
Your Liberty HealthShare Membership and Mammograms
We want you to live a full and healthy life and planning for your preventative care and incorporating healthy lifestyle habits into your daily routine can help. For many of you, this routine care may include mammograms for breast health.
According to our current Sharing Guidelines, for members up to and including age 49, screening mammograms are eligible for sharing once every two years. Members 50 and older screening mammograms are eligible for sharing every year. If you are wondering how this guideline applies to your chosen program, please give us a call at 855-585-4237 and one of our team members will help you to better understand your membership.
You can always use our cost-savings tool, Healthcare Bluebook, to find a reasonably priced, quality location to receive your screening mammogram. By choosing a cost-effective option, not only are you saving your household money, but you are also helping to protect your community’s collective SharePower.
Learn more about breast cancer screenings, diagnosis and monitoring at www.breastcancer.org