Early detection key in fight against breast cancer

By BRET BEVENS

Southern Ohio Today


The latest numbers indicate the more than 250,000 individuals will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Shyla Chelk Mani says that one thing that can help prevent is maintaining a healthy body weight and getting at least four or more hours of exercise a week.


“Keeping up with self breast exams on a regular basis and getting your annual mammogram done will help with early detection,” said Mani, a local hematologist and oncologist at Adena. “Then taking care of it at a very early stage, when the potential or cure is really high.”


Dr. Mani also says that not smoking and limiting alcohol intake to one drink each day is a good way to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.


Kendra Pollard, a breast health and imaging navigator with Adena, said self assessments should start no later than age 40.


“There are those who are a higher risk who may need to start a little bit sooner,” Pollard said. “It is very important to know what your very own risk factors are.”


Pollard said that can be personal history or family history because genetics play a role. Pollard said for persons who may be a higher risk, they should see their health care providers.


“Mammography is the gold standard for breast cancer detection. We can identify areas in the breasts as small as a grain of salt,” Pollard said. “So we can see those microcalcifications, but also masses. There are a lot of things a radiologist can see in the breast composition (during a mammogram) that could be sign of breast cancer.”

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