Madelia, Minn. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Madelia Health is planning breast cancer awareness activities to encourage people to get their mammograms. Anyone who gets a mammogram at Madelia Health during October, will receive a certificate for a free cake donut at Sweet! Indeed in Madelia. We will also be lighting our main outside entry in pink and encouraging our staff to wear pink on special days.
The past year has been a challenging one, and many women have delayed breast cancer screenings due to fear of getting infected by COVID-19. However, it is important to make these screenings a priority now. Prolonged delays can lead to later cancer diagnosis and poor outcomes. Madelia Health follows all CDC protocols for the safety of patients and our staff.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms?
There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include—
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
- Pain in any area of the breast.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
- A new lump in the breast or underarm.
- If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. These guidelines can vary depending on family history, genetic tendency or certain other factors. Check with your provider to see what is recommended for your situation.