October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which serves as a reminder to many women over 40 that they need to schedule their annual mammogram. For many others, however, it is a real opportunity to spread awareness of the disease and how important early detection plans can be. While many people realize that breast cancer is something women should be thinking about, the numbers don’t always hit home. The reality of it all is that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.
Not only is it important to be thinking about Breast Cancer Awareness in October, it should be at the forefront of our minds, and something every woman should be proactively discussing with her doctor. Creating an early detection plan will help in reminding you to perform routine breast self-exams and to schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.
With that being said, we all heard that mammograms are painful. The systems available to check for cancer are not the most pleasant, so we’re highlighting a few tips to reduce the pain of a mammogram.
For a more comfortable mammogram:
- Don’t wear lotion, deodorant, perfume or anything else your doctor advises against because it may leave marks on the film — and you’ll have to schedule another test!
- Reduce your salt – The more salt, the more bloating and fluid retention in the breast, which causes pain and discomfort.
- Avoid caffeine – Caffeine will increase tenderness in the breast, even more so if you have benign cysts.
- If you are in extreme discomfort, speak up. Doctors may be able to adjust the machine or the compression to ease your discomfort.
Petschauer Insurance believes that it is important to be proactive and responsible about your health. We offer insurance products for you, your family and your business because your health is important. Having a health care plan that is right for you will allow you access to the many preventive screenings and care options you need. Be sure to speak with a professional of Petschauer Insurance if you have a question about your health care coverage or if you would like us to review your Supplement Plan.