October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Provided by Prince William County

Christine Doering is an Inova contractor working as an employee wellness coordinator for the Prince William County Office of Risk & Wellness Services, “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States with 250,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Additionally, 2,300 men are diagnosed annually with breast cancer.”*

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the emphasis this year is prevention. “For this month what we’re highlighting is the fact that prevention is getting in and getting your annual mammogram and that’s the best prevention,” says Doering.**

There are a few additional practices that can help women prevent breast cancer. Doering said, “The best ways to avoid getting breast cancer for women are to get regular exercise and keep a healthy weight. Limit your alcohol. Talk to your physician. They might recommend taking hormone replacement as you get into your 50s. You might want to talk about family history before you start taking that. Breastfeed your children if you can. That helps limit the chance of getting breast cancer as you get older.”*

In past years, Sentara Health Care sent out mobile testing sites to screen women for breast cancer; however, the mobile testing sites have been preempted this year. According to Doering, “With Sentara helping out with the COVID-19 pandemic, Sentara won’t be setting up mobile testing sites … So we’re just promoting through Inova’s Breast Cancer Center in Fairfax.”

Appointments can be made online.

Sources:
* CDC, Mayo Clinic
** CDC, National Breast Cancer Organization

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