Second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. It is the main cause of cancer death in Hispanic women, and is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2006 (the most recent year numbers are available), 191,410 women were diagnosed with the disease and 40,820 women died from it.
Some risk factors for breast cancer include being female, age (higher risk for women age 60 and older), personal history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer and the breast cancer genes—an “alteration” in one of two genes that are important for regulation breast cell growth.
Fortunately, there are lifestyle choices you can make to live a healthier life and to help reduce your breast cancer risk. They include:
- Decreasing your daily fat intake, especially saturated or hydrogenated fats. Eat leaner meats and limit red meat.
- Increasing fiber in your diet.
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Limiting alcohol.
- Staying active. The U.S. Surgeon General suggests engaging in a moderate amount of physical activity (such as taking a brisk, 30-minute walk) on most days of the week.
- Avoiding smoking.
It is important for women to practice good breast health and it is suggested that women obtain regular mammography screening starting at the age of 40, obtain annual clinical breast exams, perform monthly breast self-exams, and obtain a risk assessment from a physician.
The Barnabas Health Breast Center located at the Ambulatory Care Center 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ continues to exceed the individual expectations of each patient decreasing the stress commonly associated with breast testing. We perform over 60,000 breast procedures each year as we are the highest volume Center in the region.
The Breast Center is one of the only facilities in the region offering triple assurance to patients having a digital screening mammogram. Triple assurance means that two independent radiologists view the films and a computer-aided detection system also scans the films for abnormalities. With triple assurance, we can provide the highest level of quality care possible representing the strong commitment of Saint Barnabas in promoting early detection of breast cancer.
A unique service of the Barnabas Health Breast Center is the Nurse Navigator position. She serves as a personal navigator, acting as liaison to enhance the quality and continuity of care for patients who may be facing further breast diagnostic imaging and breast biopsies.
The Breast Center offers free screening mammograms for members of the community who are unable to pay or do not have health insurance. This is made possible by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation North Jersey.
For more information about breast cancer and the Barnabas Health Breast Center, please call 973.322.7804.
Date: October 1, 2012
Contact: Angela Kessler
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
Barnabas Health Outpatient Centers
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