Early detection is key

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According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and in a localized state, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.

“Breast self-exams are a good way to get to know what your unique breast tissue feels like, and both men and women should pay attention to their breast tissue,” said Dr. Paige Dekker of Estes Park Health. “Regular physical exams by your physician are important to your overall health and part of recognizing early signs of breast cancer. Your physician can give you guidance on when and how frequently you should have mammograms.”

Sometimes patients don’t experience symptoms of breast cancer and are diagnosed when having a mammogram. 3D mammograms, like those available at Estes Park Health, provide results using the most up-to-date technology. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

• Thickening of Breast Tissue

• Breast Dimples

• Nipple Crust

• Red or Hot Sensation on Breast

• New Fluid Leaking from Nipple

• Skin Sores on Breast

• Bump on Breast

• Growing Vein on Breast

• Sunken Nipple

• New Breast Shape or Size

• “Orange Peel” Skin on Breast

• Hard Lump in Breast

October, or Pinktober as it is frequently called, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are due, please call 970-586-2317 to schedule a 3D mammogram at Estes Park Health.

If you’d like to honor a loved one who has or is battling Breast Cancer, please visit www.GivetoEPH.org/pinktober. For every $20 donated, EPH Foundation will hang a Pink Ribbon Tribute in EPH’s Lobby for the entire month of October. 100% of donations will go toward upgrading and expanding EPH’s Outpatient Infusion Clinic. Services include chemotherapy.

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About Pep Dekekr

Pep loves Estes Park, he lives here with his family and hopes to bring people to Estes Park and Estes Park to the people. Along with his wife Paige, they own EstesPark.com.

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