• Care Manager Corner: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Care Manager Corner: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    While breast cancer is not specifically related to aging, we tend to become more concerned about our risk of cancer as we do our best to “age gracefully.”  During this annual “Breast Cancer Awareness” month, we   believe that the known recommendations for early detection and prevention bear repeating for all of us to remain “aware” by staying informed.

    According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website:

    Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:


    1. Know your risk  

    Talk to your family to learn about your family health history

    Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer


    2. Get screened 

    Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk

    Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk

    Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40


    3. Know what is normal for you

    See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

    Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area

    Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast

    Change in the size or shape of the breast

    Dimpling or puckering of the skin

    Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

    Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast

    Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

    New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away


    4. Make healthy lifestyle choices 

    Maintain a healthy weight

    Add exercise into your routine

    Limit alcohol intake

    Limit postmenopausal hormone use

    Breastfeed, if you can

    This information is located – http://www.komennyc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=breasthealth_awareness


    It is medically recommended that we have regular screenings for many common types of cancer.  Sometimes we can avoid having regular exams because we are afraid that the doctor will find something. It is good to remember that not all lumps, bumps, and tumors are cancerous, or malignant. It is also key to remember that detection brings about choices and options, not the disease itself. Knowledge is always power and time is in your favor when you screen.


    If you have health care concerns for you or your loved ones, our Care Managers may be able to help.  Give us a call at 504-828-0900.


    Geriatric Care Manager Cathy Puett, LCSW has been providing Geriatric Care Manager services with Home Care Solutions for over seven years. Cathy has worked as a medical and psychiatric social worker for 23 years with a focus on gerontology.


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