It is a good time to talk about breast health in seniors during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society Surveillance Research 2018, it is estimated that 117,700 women ages 65 and older will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Men will also be diagnosed but at a much lower rate. Research shows that the risk of breast cancer is higher as we age. At The Watermark at East Hill, we are committed to helping residents stay healthy by reminding them about the importance of breast cancer awareness.
Some of the risk factors for developing breast cancer include smoking, drinking, obesity, stress, and diet. Being able to control these factors can make a difference for one’s overall health. Many seniors neglect their breast health, which results in a delayed diagnosis and treatment. It is important to be mindful of breast health by completing self-exams weekly as well as clinical exams with a physician and a mammogram. Yearly mammograms are recommended by the American Geriatrics Society for all women up to 85 years old.
Early detection of breast cancer is important as the disease is among the top leading causes of death in women. Seniors are encouraged to talk openly with their physician about their breast health and to explore ways to stay healthy longer. As one resident at The Watermark at East Hill said recently, “I intend on living a lot longer and I’m not letting anything stop me!” Wishing you health and happiness.
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