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Early Detection Saves Lives
Do You or Someone You Love Need to Schedule a Mammogram?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organized, in the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s words, 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.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Visit www.thinkpinkpensacola.org for ways to donate. Taylor Dental partners with the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association each year to help support local families affected in our community. The mission of the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association is to raise money for education, screening, and diagnosis of breast cancer in the Escambia County indigent and under-insured patient population. The Board of Directors is made up of uncompensated volunteers, which enables us to devote the maximum amount possible to achieving our purpose. Since inception in 2003, the PBCA has raised and distributed approximately $170,000 to local health care organizations that are consistent with our mission. All funds received stay here in the local community to benefit our sisters, neighbors, and friends.
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.
One important reminder before you get ready for your own night of spooky fun: If you have a filling, cleaning, or crown that needs to be taken care of and you have unused insurance benefits, don’t let them go away at the end of the year. Appointment times are already filling up, so call us today and make the most of your benefits. We look forward to seeing you!
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