2010-10-01 / Community

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Addresses Breast Cancer Concerns

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to recognize the great strides that have been made in public awareness of breast cancer and in its early detection and treatment. However, we must all remain vigilant about breast cancer in our own lives says a spkesperson for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. St. John’s has arranged for several activities that make it easier for women to schedule their mammograms and to learn more about early detection she says. Now is a good time to review steps you can take to detect breast cancer. Here are a few tips:

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 healthy and exercising regularly, and limiting fat and alcohol in your diet.

Schedule Your Annual Mammogram: Evidence shows that early detection of breast cancer greatly improves a woman’s chance for successful treatment, so scheduling regular mammograms 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.

If you have not had your annual mammogram, now is a good time to schedule one. During the month of October, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is offering convenient extended hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturdays, October 16 and October 30, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. To make an appointment now, please call 718-869-7710.

If you have questions about breast self-examination, St. John’s nurses will be available to answer questions during the week of Monday, October 4, through Friday, October 8, in the Hospital’s main lobby from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., noon until 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.

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