Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Cancer was the leading cause of death in Spokane County in 2012. Many deaths from cancer could be avoided if more people received screenings. A cancer diagnosis not only imposes a physical burden on the individual, there is also a financial burden.
Some warning signs of breast cancer are—
If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, you may have a higher breast cancer risk. Talk to your doctor about these ways of reducing your risk—
Prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy (removal of breast tissue).
Prophylactic (preventive) salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes).
Working closely with health care providers as they are a trusted source of prevention information specific to breast, cervical and colon cancer screening and treatment.