AMARILLO-- Forty County Extension Agents throughout the state will be conducting “In the Pink “events during the next year to educate women about early detection of breast cancer, how to access mammogram services in their area and how to access financial resources if needed.
Texas AgriLife Extension is in agreement with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure in following the guidelines of women over age 40 having an annual screening mammogram.
"There is no reason for a woman in the Panhandle area to not get an annual screening mammogram because there are resources available," Cheryl Brewer, Cancer Prevention Program Specialist said.
Studies show that low-income, low educated, older rural women are the ones dying from breast cancer because they are the ones not getting mammograms.
Early Detection of Breast Cancer
- Know your risk
* Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
* Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer
- Get screened
* Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
* Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
* Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40
- Know what is normal for you; see your health care provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes:
* Lump, hard knot or thickening
* Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
* Change in the size or shape of the breast
* Dimpling or puckering of the skin
* Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
* Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
* Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
* New pain in one spot that doesnt go away
- Make healthy lifestyle choices
* Maintain a healthy weight
* Add exercise into your routine
* Limit alcohol intake