EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organized, in the words of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), to “honor those at every step of the breast cancer journey,” the annual observance has also served to educate the public and raise funds for research. Learn more about this deadly but survivable disease, and find out how you can help. Breast cancer is extremely common. According to the NBCF, 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. It is the second-leading cause of death in women (behind heart disease). A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence, however. Thanks to research and ongoing education, there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today. What causes breast cancer? Breast cancer is caused by damage to cells’ DNA. It’s most common in women over the age of 40, though approximately 2,500 men in the U.S. are diagnosed each year as well. The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most risk factors, such as age, gender, and family history, cannot be changed. However, research shows that exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, and minimizing alcohol consumption may reduce your chance of being diagnosed with the disease. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also place you at higher risk.
Do You or Someone You Love Need to Schedule a Mammogram?
Contrary to popular myths, breast cancer is not caused by milk, microwave ovens, cellphones, caffeine, plastic cutlery, or deodorants.
Annual mammograms are free. Early detection is the biggest factor in breast cancer survival. There’s some debate among researchers and insurance companies over the “right” age to begin screening, but most sources agree that women should begin to get regular mammograms in their 40s (and earlier if they have a family history of the disease). The Affordable Care Act (ADA) requires all health insurance plans to cover the cost of annual mammograms for women age 40 and older, and there are many organizations devoted to providing free mammograms to uninsured individuals. You can make a difference. Visit Donate.nationalbreastcancer.org to learn how to help. The NBCF funds cancer research, works to provide free mammograms to low-income women, and serves as a resource for patients and their families. Many cities also have local organizations in need of donations and volunteers.
SUCCESS STORIES “When I came to Synergy, my neck was in constant pain. This “We’ve only been seeing Mrs. Dash for a short period of time, and we have seen incredible changes. When we first started, Joshua’s language was limited. In fact, he did not use correct sentences well and did not make conversation often. Mrs. Dash has gotten Joshua to participate in activities that he would not participate in when we first started!
pain not only prevented me from doing my job, but it also started affecting my ability to be a father. I was tired of pumping my body every day with Ibuprofen and wanted relief from the pain.
“Mrs. Dash is quite intuitive. She was able to quickly determine Joshua’s strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to help his development. She has helped my husband and me set expectations for Joshua that we didn’t even realize he was capable of. Because of these high expectations, we are seeing Joshua flourish. She’s amazing. She is demanding but works to build the relationship first, and the results have proven to be so effective. We trust her wholeheartedly, and I know so many more children will benefit from her care.” –Michelle T.
“I was impressed with Synergy at my first visit because Chandana went above and beyond to not only provide relief for my pain, but provide a path for me to address what was the cause of the pain. Throughout my visits to Synergy, my pain has subsided, and I have become stronger and more aware as to modifying my behaviors and habits that were creating the stress that I was feeling in my neck. “I still have a long journey ahead of me, but I have the resources, encouragement, and knowledge that I need to make it successful.” –Timothy M.
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