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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hoag encourages women to maintain their breast health through three key steps:

  1. Understand “your normal.” Understanding how your breasts look and feel normally will help you identify changes which may be signs of breast cancer. Speak with your physician if you notice certain changes in your breasts.
  2. Know your risk. The more you understand your potential risk, the more you empower yourself to take proactive steps to prevent cancer or detect it early. To learn more about your own breast cancer risk, take our health risk assessment here.
  3. Get screened: schedule your annual mammogram. Starting at age 40, women with an average risk of breast cancer should receive annual screening mammograms. Schedule your mammogram here.

As OC’s largest Breast Center and the only center designated as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence™, Hoag offers several breast screening options, including advanced technologies, to tailor screenings for each patient.

Maintaining a yearly breast screening routine is key in the early detection of cancer when treatment can be most effective.