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Think Pink in October

-Englewood Hospital Offers Breast Health Checklist to Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk-

The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center staff wear pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Photo Courtesy of Englewood Hospital)

(Englewood, NJ, September 26, 2012) – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and over the course of a lifetime, one in eight women will develop the disease. In an effort to help beat those odds, the medical experts of The Leslie Simon Breast and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center are offering tips for prevention and early detection.

Earlier this week, a new genetic study revealed a potentially major breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The report appears online, in the journal Nature. Scientists say they have identified four distinct sub-types of breast cancer, after analyzing the DNA of tumors in more than 800 women.

“The significance of this study is remarkable,” said Miguel Sanchez MD, Chief of Pathology at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “Breast cancer kills more than 35,000 women a year nationwide. This groundbreaking research may eventually lead to more effective, individualized treatment methods, which could dramatically impact the survival rates for women diagnosed with the disease.”

Women can take a proactive role in their breast health by using the checklist below as guide to aid in prevention and early detection.

Know Your Risk: Discuss your medical history with your family and share it with your doctor to better assess, understand and manage your personal risk for breast cancer.

Don’t Skip Your Screening: Follow your suggested screening schedule. The American Cancer Society recommends a yearly mammogram for women ages 40 and older or once every three years for women between the ages of 20 and 39. Depending on risk factors, doctors might also request a breast MRI in addition to the mammogram.

Breast Self-Exams: The Breast Self-Exam is a key tool in prevention and early diagnosis. Doctors advise all women to begin performing the self-exam in their early twenties, at least once a month. Know what is normal for you – the usual size, shape and color of your breasts. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you feel any lumps or notice any other changes, including swelling, a rash, bumps on the outside of the breast, pain or itchy, irritable skin.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle: Make healthy choices every day, starting with eating right and staying active. Balanced meals, a regular exercise routine and limited alcohol intake can all help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital is renowned for its high success rates in detecting early stage breast cancer, earning recognition from Congress as a national model for the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease.

To make an appointment call 201-894-3202 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com and click the “Medical Services” tab.

Source: HealthDay

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.