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Breast Cancer Awareness: Things to Know

Posted by USFHP on Oct 27, 2021 5:08:35 PM

Photo by Anna Tarazevich

Did you know that in the U.S. over 255,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and about 42,000 die from the disease? Breast cancer is more likely to be found in women ages 50 and over, however, this disease can affect the lives of younger females as well.

Although breast cancer is unlikely in men, they can still get it as well.

One of the best ways to detect breast cancer early is by getting a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast. Experts suggest women should begin mammogram screening starting at age 40.

Risks

The risks for breast cancer increases with age, weight, and even family history. Other risk factors include unbalanced hormone levels, obesity, alcohol, problematic menstrual history, smoking, and having dense breasts. Some risks that may occur over time are low vitamin D levels and exposure to chemicals in cosmetics, food or water.

Things you can do to lower your risk of getting breast cancer:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Breastfeed your children, if viable
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcoholic beverages, or don’t drink

Testing

One of the key ways to reduce the risks associated with breast cancer is to have mammogram screenings to detect threats and initiate treatments as early as possible. You should regularly perform self-tests and visit your doctor at least once a year for an annual screening. 

USFHP’s TRICARE Prime Plan includes breast screenings as a basic healthcare provision ensured to our members. We offer routine doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription coverage, preventative care coverage, and specialty care. 

We’ve developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals. With our free enhanced benefits members can choose to receive up to $250 a year in gym reimbursement.

Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

Topics: Women's Health, breast cancer