Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One of the most common types in Lycoming County

Health officials say one in eight women will develop breast cancer.

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to officials with UPMC Susquehanna's Cancer Center, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Lycoming County.

Studies show one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. However, health officials say this is something that can easily be preventable.

It's the horrifying disease no woman wants to be diagnosed with. Targeting most women over the age of 40, and in some cases even under 20, health officials say being aware is key.

"What we know is that early detection saves lives," says Brenda Terry-Manchester, director of Breast Health Service at UPMC. "October really points that out in so many different ways. The community really gets engaged with healthcare providers and we do all sorts of things just to restate that over and over again."

Terry-Manchester says it's important to let the women in our community know there is a wide variety of services they can go to in order to get checked out, including Lockhaven, Sunbury, and Mansfield.

"One of the best things you can do for your health is talk to your primary care provider about the breast screening that is appropriate for you," says Terry-Manchester.

"Regular screenings and monthly self self-exams, and whatever else you need to do to make sure everything is okay," says Kristen Fischer of Williamsport.

Self-exams include looking for:

"Any change in the way your breast feels, palpating a lump or growth that wasn't their in the past, itching can be a reason to talk to somebody," says Terry-Manchester.

Those aren't the only ways. Terry-Manchester says lifestyle changes also play a huge role when it comes to staying clear of the disease.

"Exercise, diet, there's a lot of things we feel decrease the possibility that you will develop breast cancer," says Terry-Manchester.

"I'm just a firm believer when it comes to your health you have to look out for yourself first and foremost," says Fischer.

UPMC Susquehanna is offering discounted mammograms throughout the entire month of October. These screenings will be held on a first come first serve basis and appointments are necessary.

UPMC Susquehanna is teaming up with local high school football teams for special Friday night "pink out" games, and all month special lighting displayes will turn UPMC Susquehanna hospitals pink.


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