Annelie Röding, PA-C
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, making it the second leading cause of death among women. The best way to increase your odds of survival is early detection with mammograms. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we highlight preventative measures to share with your employees.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing chaos around the globe. More and more women are postponing their screening mammograms. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), pandemic-related delays in diagnosis and treatment disruption could result in 10,000 additional deaths from breast cancer in the next ten years.
Now more than ever, we are responsible for spreading the word on how to safely and efficiently conduct routine cancer screenings.
Information to Share with Your Employees
- Make sure your workforce is being proactive about their cancer screenings. Women should consider having yearly mammograms as early as age 40. They can get a prescription from their OB/GYN or from their Primary Care Provider.
- Mammograms are covered by insurance, with $0 patient responsibility. Find a radiology facility that is in-network with your insurance.
- Remind your employees that they should be going every 1-2 years for a mammogram by sending out information about the significance and prevalence of breast cancer.
Best Practices Your Employees Should Know
- Be familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts. Set a calendar invite after your period each month to check your breasts. Although the self breast exam technique isn't always a reliable way to detect breast cancer, a significant number of women report that the first sign of their breast cancer was a new breast lump they discovered on their own.
- Learn your family history. Breast cancer, like other cancers, can be familial. Make sure you check with your relatives to find out who in your family had cancer, what age they were diagnosed and if they passed away from the cancer or something else.
- Don’t be shy. It isn’t worth keeping you awake at night. If you are concerned, reach out to your Primary Care Provider of Gynecologist.
When breast cancer is detected early, there is a 98% survival rate; do your part to protect yourself and your coworkers by spreading awareness with educational resources.