Health Beat - Spring 2018 - 14

IN THE COMMUNITY

The Best Medicine

Event features comedian's message on reducing stress during
troubling times and information on breast cancer screening
By John Berggren

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breast cancer diagnosis is
never considered a laughing
matter, but finding humor
can be important to reducing stress for anyone concerned about
the disease.
That was the message from
Kent Rader, a comedian who was
the featured speaker at the Tammy
Walker Cancer Center Breast Cancer
Educational Event held at Salina
Regional Health Center in October.
"We cried, we laughed so hard," says
Jenni Jones of Salina, who was one of
about 160 in attendance for the program. "There was a lot of energy in the
room and I think everyone came away
with the feeling that we all need to
laugh more. It's such good medicine."
Jones, age 37, began taking breast
cancer seriously about five years ago
when her 32-year-old best friend was
diagnosed with the disease.
"The fear of going through what
she went through inspired me to start

getting annual mammograms at a young
age," Jones says. "There's just so much
you can do to be proactive with the
disease. My doctor was surprised when
I went to get a mammogram at age 32
and he really didn't recommend it. But
it feels like younger women are being
exposed to breast cancer more and
more and the peace of mind a mammogram gives is priceless."
Kristen Bruce with the Susan G.
Komen Foundation also spoke at the
event, detailing screening recommendations. Komen and many other
organizations recommend women start
performing self-breast exams at age
20 and have clinical exams performed
annually. Mammograms are recommended for women every year after
age 40.
Awareness and annual screening has caught many breast cancers
at an earlier, more treatable stage,
which dramatically increases odds
for survival.

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"Families are much more likely to
talk about their history of cancer and
breast cancer than they were 20 years
ago," Bruce said. "Make sure you have
these conversations with family members and make sure you talk to your
doctor about what you've learned from
your family."
The most common symptom of
breast cancer is the detection of a
lump, Bruce told the audience at the
event. Other symptoms that should
be investigated? Breast swelling, redness, change in size or shape, dimpling,
itching, scaling, rash, soreness or
nipple discharge.
"Odds are it's not going to be breast
cancer," Bruce said. "Try to stay calm and
go to your doctor for further testing." 1
Comedian Kent Rader talked
about the importance of
finding humor in life, even
during troubling times, at the
Tammy Walker Cancer Center
event in October.


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