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Tips for Early Breast Cancer Detection

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on August 24, 2015

Early detection of breast cancer gives seniors the best chance of receiving the right treatment as soon as possible and beating the disease. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of senior home care in Phoenix, brings you these helpful tips on how your senior loved one can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.

Receive Regular Mammograms

For women over the age of 50, receiving a mammogram every other year is recommended. Those with other risk factors, such as a family history of breast cancer, obesity, and having a child after the age of 30, may require an annual or bi-annual mammogram. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, can also increase the risk of breast cancer and necessitate more frequent mammograms.

Perform Monthly Self-Checks

Monthly self-exams are recommended for women of all ages. Your loved one can do this by lifting her arms over her head in front of a mirror and checking the breast for any changes. Dimpling, puckering, and discharge from the nipple are all reasons to talk to a doctor. Other changes may also be present, such as a rash, change of skin color, pain, or soreness.

Learn the Warning Signs

Early detection may not be possible even with monthly self-exams, as breast cancer often doesn’t cause noticeable changes for some time. However, other warning symptoms may be present during the early stages of the disease. Vaginal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, and visible veins on the breast are among these early symptoms.

Test for Genetic Risks

Genetic testing identifies women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer, as the genes responsible are present long before the disease begins to develop in the body. Treatment options may include making recommended lifestyle changes or taking medications to control hormones in the body.

To learn more about senior health and wellness, turn to the dedicated staff at Phoenix Home Care Assistance. Our live-in and hourly care in Phoenix ensures your loved one has help with everything from nutrition and fitness to medication reminders and transportation to doctor’s appointments. For more information, give one of our qualified Care Managers a call at 602.388.1085.