We are still seeing pink and wanted to share additional information about preventive measures that can be taken to screen for breast cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and unfortunately, we probably all know someone who has suffered from this awful disease. Directive Health is committed to sharing information so we can all live healthier and happier lives. The time is NOW for both men and women to get screened for breast cancer. In addition to the actions we postedTuesday (see below), our team wanted to share information about BRCA Testing. You may have heard or seen this mentioned before, but here is a breakdown of what it means for your health journey.
- BRCA stands for BReast CAncer gene.
- Everyone has the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, but when they mutuate it can increase the risk of many cancers including breast, cervical, uterine, and colon.
- You can get tested for mutations starting at the age of 18. Always consult with your doctor, to make sure testing is right for you. In addition, check with your insurance provider to learn the cost of the test.
- The BRCA mutation exam is a blood test that determines changes in your DNA.
- If you test positive, you and your doctor will come up with a game plan. According to cancer.gov, there are a few paths forward including enhanced screening, risk-reducing surgery, and chemoprevention.
- If you test negative, your doctor will ask you questions about family history to make sure you are in the clear of the mutation.
Cancer is very serious (and scary), but these preventive measures can help you or someone you love detect breast cancer early so it can be treated and…
Don’t forget to share these tips with a friend or loved one.
- Perform a monthly breast self-exam. A tutorial can be found here.
- It is encouraged that women 40+ should get a mammogram annually. Talk to your doctor about the right schedule for you.
- Wear pink, donate to organizations that perform breast cancer prevention awareness, and tell a friend to take care of their body.
Talk to your doctor about BRCA Testing today or tomorrow!
Here’s to a happier and healthier you.