At Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee, we wanted to take the time to recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We encourage our senior clients, their families and the local community to show their support for all of the brave and inspirational individuals who are fighting or have been triumphant in the battle against breast cancer.
While nearly 80% of breast cancer diagnoses occur among women over the age of 50, when cancer cells are detected early, the survival rate is 98%. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for older adults to continue going to their doctor for routine check-ups, annual mammograms and to perform monthly self-breast exams, catching any abnormalities as soon as possible. Aside from medical check-ups, certain lifestyle alterations have been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer.
- Maintain physical activity. Staying fit and active keeps your weight at a manageable level which has been shown to reduce cancer risks. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends five brisk 30 minute walks a week, coupled with two strength training sessions.
- Avoid alcohol. Anything more than one alcoholic drink a day can increase your risk of breast cancer. For senior adults, it is best to limit alcohol intake to special occasions, or once or twice a week at most.
- Give up cigarettes. Cigarettes are connected to various health problems in individuals of all ages. By quitting, seniors can not only reduce their risk of developing lung cancer, they can decrease their chance of a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Avoid radiation exposure. Increased exposure to radiation from such things as X-rays can increase the threat of breast cancer. If possible, these tests should only be performed when necessary and always while wearing a protective vest.
As a leading provider of care at home for seniors in Milwaukee, we want to be a resource, support system and advocate for all of our senior clients, and believe it is important to help spread awareness about breast cancer. From information about the disease to learning how to care for an aging loved one with cancer, families throughout Milwaukee rely on Home Care Assistance.
To learn more about our hourly or live-in care options or for specific details about our customized Milwaukee cancer recovery plans, contact a skilled and compassionate Care Manager today at 414-964-8000. Available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, we are here to provide assistance and care when you or an aging loved one need it most.