health care,
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health care,
education  and
social services

Be Your Own Breast Health Advocate!

We hope you are thinking pink, since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We also hope you’ll join us for A Crucial Catch Day, a community health event to draw attention to the importance of early detection, in partnership with the National Football League (NFL) and the American Cancer Society.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at Mary’s Center’s Petworth location, at 3912 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

You’ll be able to enjoy our nutrition demo and tasting; physical and emotional wellbeing workshops to learn how lifestyle can reduce the risk of disease; an “I Fight Breast Cancer” photo booth for social media; and information on how to access health insurance & low- or no-cost screening exams.

If you can’t join us, please remember these tips so you can be your own breast health advocate:

1.      Care For Yourself!  Being overweight or obese, living a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, or consuming 2-5 alcoholic drinks* per day increases your risk of breast cancer. Here's how you can reduce your risk:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Eat well, making sure you include vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  • Exercise for 30 minutes a day.
  • Practice activities to reduce stress.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid or cut down on alcohol consumption.

2.      Talk About It! Research your family history. Ask your relatives so you know if any of your family members had breast cancer or other forms of cancer, as this may increase your risk. Inform your medical provider. Knowledge is power!

3.      Listen To Your Body! Know what is normal for you (through monthly breast-self exams) and tell your medical provider if you notice changes such as: dimples or puckering (small dents in the skin on your breast); a discharge coming from your nipples; or changes in the size, shape or color of your breast. Don’t wait!

4.      Get The Appropriate Screenings!

  •  Make sure your doctor does a breast exam during your annual physical.
  • Go for a mammogram every year after age 40 (or sooner if one of your family members has had breast cancer). A mammogram can find cancer when it is very small, before you have any symptoms.

Don’t Just Think Pink; Take Action!  Put this advice into practice and take charge of your health! Don’t forget to share these tips with all the women your care about.

If you have any concerns about breast health or other health issues, please call 1-844-796-2797 to make an appointment with our highly qualified and compassionate providers.

You can also contact Rosa Goyes on 202-420-7123 or rgoyes@maryscenter.org to find out more about Mary’s Center’s Cancer Navigation Program.

*Reference: The Link Between Alcohol and Cancer by the American Cancer Society.

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