This upcoming week — May 14 through May 20 — is National Women’s Health Week! All around the country, women will be celebrating by taking advantage of opportunities to monitor, maintain, and improve their health. Last week, we talked about kicking it off with a Mother’s Day massage, and we also covered the benefits of chiropractic care for new moms. Today, we’re going to focus on another critical health concern for women: breast health.
According to the most recent research, one out of every eight women in the United States today will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point during her life. In 2017 alone, over 250,000 cases will be diagnosed, making up about 30 percent of all new cancer diagnoses this year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer to be found in women, and the death rate is second only to that of lung cancer.
Addressing Breast Cancer Risks
There are lots of great ways to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, many of which will also support other areas of physical and mental health. Studies show that you are less likely to get breast cancer if you:
- Stay physically active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Breast-feed your baby
Unfortunately, even if you embrace all of these practices, there’s still a chance that you will develop breast cancer in your lifetime, since both genetic and environmental factors play a role in the disease. Early detection is the number one way to increase your odds of survival, so it is essential to get a regular breast health screening.
However, many women dread the thought of getting a mammogram, since breast compression can be extremely painful. Needless to say, that makes National Women’s Health Week feel like much less of a celebration! Plus, a lot of women worry about the side effects of radiation exposure from getting regular mammograms.
Breast Thermography: An Alternative to Mammograms
If you’re looking for a reliable alternative to mammograms, you might want to consider digital infrared thermal imaging, more commonly known as breast thermography. This non-invasive procedure is safe, completely painless, and approved by the FDA as an effective method for breast health screening. Even better, it’s actually more accurate than a mammogram (91% accuracy, as compared to 80% accuracy for a mammogram), and it can detect signs of breast disease 8 to 10 years sooner.
When it comes to early breast cancer detection, breast thermography is the way to go. If you’ve never tried it, setting up your first appointment can be a positive step toward a healthy future. If you’ve tried breast thermography in the past, remember to get screened regularly, and remind all your girlfriends to take control of their own breast health during National Women’s Health Week!
Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness offers breast thermography services for breast cancer detection and treatment monitoring. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!