Breast Cancer Awareness Month and what to know

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – From October 1 through Halloween, health experts, families and those affected by breast cancer are raising awareness. This is also a good time to schedule an annual prenatal screening. Doctor’s assistant Kachi Parkwith Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care says that about 1/8 of women in the US may be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Patients should notice breast changes such as lumps, although these are usually only visible on imaging. “This image is really important to capture all the things that can change from year to year with subtle changes,” Park said. He also says that solving this problem together and going as a group can help to achieve it. Risk factors associated with breast cancer include age and maintaining a healthy BMI.

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