2009-10-02 / Community

SJEH Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness

For the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, St. John's Episcopal Hospital is offering extended evening and Saturday appointment hours for mammograms. The extended hours are Mon day and Wednesday evenings during the month of October and Satur - days hours on October 10 and 17. If you have not yet received your annual mam mogram, you may call 718-869- 7710 to schedule an appointment. Most insurances are accepted.

In addition the Nursing Department of St. John's will offer education on breast self-examination and information on prevention of breast cancer dur ing the week of October 12 to 16 in the Hospital Lobby.

St. John's Chief of Oncology Mendel Warshawsky, MD, urges everyone to become more aware of the risks of breast cancer in your own life. Here some tips on how you can help:

Know Your Risks: According to the National Cancer Institute, age is the single most important risk factor for breast cancer. Also important is personal and family history of breast cancer, alterations in certain genes, reproductive and menstrual history, body weight, level of physical activity and alcohol consumption.

Practice Healthy Habits: There are some steps you can take to help prevent breast cancer, including eating heal thy and exercising regularly, and limiting fat and alcohol in your diet.

Schedule Your Annual Mammo - gram: Evidence shows that early de - tec tion of breast cancer greatly im - proves a woman's chance for successful treatment, so scheduling regular mam mo grams is the most effective way of catching cancer early. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram yearly.

Know There is Hope: Thanks to early detection and treatment advances, more women are surviving breast cancer, remaining disease-free, and living longer and healthier lives. Today there is a flourishing community of 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

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