Breast Health: What you need to know

Do you know the guidelines for getting screened for breast cancer? The American Cancer Society recommendations: Ages 40 to 44: Begin mammograms if you wish; discuss screening with your provider by age 40. Ages 45 to 54: Get annual mammograms if you have average risk of breast cancer. Ages 55 and older: Get mammograms once every 2 years or seek annual exams, depending on your risk. Note: Women with a relative (parent, sibling or child) who had breast cancer may consider starting screening from ages 40 to 49. Be sure to review your medical history and any other breast cancer risk factors with your healthcare provider. If you’re in a high-risk group based on gene mutations, a strong family history or other factors, ask your provider if more screening tests might be useful. Factors that may RAISE RISK for breast cancer: • Age — the older a woman, or man, …

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Lowering These 3 Risk Factors Slashes Heart Disease Risk

Lowering These 3 Risk Factors Slashes Heart Disease Risk

Being overweight or obese has long been associated with several often serious health consequences. For example, excess weight raises the risk for heart disease, hypertension, chest pain and type 2 diabetes. Not only do these conditions cause suffering on an individual basis, but they comprise four of the ten health conditions that are most costly to U.S. employers, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The U.S. has a significant overweight population and, unfortunately, not much progress has been made in getting this weighty problem under control. In fact, CDC statistics show that nearly 70% of all Americans age 20 or older are now overweight or obese. However, according to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet, there are strategies that can potentially improve the health of those who are carrying around excess weight. The research, conducted by a worldwide consortium led by a team from the …

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Heart Disease: Are You At Risk?

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This Valentine’s Day, remember that February is also Heart Month. What better time to find out more about possible risk factors for heart disease? A risk factor is something about you that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for heart disease you cannot change, but some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over may help you live a longer, healthier life. Risk Factors You Cannot Change Some of your heart disease risks that you cannot change are: Your age. Risk of heart disease increases with age. Your gender. Men have a higher risk of getting heart disease than women who are still menstruating. After menopause, the risk for women gets closer to the risk for men. Your genes or race. If your parents had heart disease, you are at higher risk. African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, …

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