Triad health professional shares breast cancer knowledge and advice on proactive care

Triad health professional shares breast cancer knowledge and advice on proactive care

Triad health professional shares breast cancer knowledge and advice on proactive care



October as breast cancer month. It’s a good time to be reminded to schedule a MAMMOGRAM if you are 40 or older. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but early detection saves lives. Christina: Joining us this morning is Dr. Alexandra Thomas. She is Professor of Hematology and Oncology at ATRIUM HEALTH WAKE FOREST BAPTIST. Dr. Thomas is here to share everything you need to know about breast cancer and proactive care. good morning. Brian: We hear early detection is the key to how important it is. Dr. Thomas: It’s very important. We want our patients to do something good. Cancer is highly treatable if caught early. With radiography, we are often able to catch it before it reaches the later stages. Audrey: How about before we get to the early diagnosis but what are the early warning signs. Dr. Thomas: There are early signs to be aware of that. Speaking broadly, we tell women to be aware of changes in their folds that are unusual but specifically thickening, changes, swelling or irritation of our skin. Tell women If you are concerned, it is helpful to talk to your primary care provider. We also see more breast cancer at younger ages. Pay to imagine if you are told that you are very young and that we will catch this more than half lane early, this is very important for good results for our patients. Christina: Can you explain what is the best time to schedule a mammogram? You say if it has ink you should be seen but what about an annual basis? Dr. THOMAS: We recommend MAMMOGRAM for 40 or older per year. It may be larger if you have a family history. It’s important to get those avatars. October is a great time because we’re talking about it and a lot of people remember that this is something to do. Some have tried to do this within their birthday. It is really important to have MAMMOGRAMS to allow us to catch the disease if it occurs early so we can have a better chance of curing it. Audrey: I personally have a family history of breast cancer and know there is a genetic test. Can you talk about some of that? Dr. Thomas: It has changed a lot in the last decade. 10 years ago, eight years ago used to be very expensive. Today most patients if they want to take that, the answers and the result you get are often not necessarily black or white. It can be awesome. It’s an easy test. There is a debate in the community that everything has to be seen in order to just expand. For those who have genetic mutations, it can be enabling them to know that they are at risk. Brian: That’s a really good point. Prevention is always a big factor. Can you talk about ways to prevent breast cancer? Dr. Thomas: I like to talk about prevention. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy food and exercise. We recommend 150 hours a week of exercise. can even walk. The key is to bring it into your lifestyle. There is another preventative, most of whom are not aware of this but increased alcohol consumption is linked to breast cancer. Three or more alcoholic drinks increase the risk of breast cancer. something important to you. Audrey: Those are on the screen. It was a pleasure speaking with you this morning. Thank you for what you do. We have the site on display now. Take a screenshot of this site and educate yourself and consider sharing what you learned today from Dr. Thomas with your loved ones and friends

Triad health professional shares breast cancer knowledge and advice on proactive care

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