Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013 - (Page 3)

A HEALTHY START WHAT'S YOUR BREAST HEALTH IQ? Find out just how much you really know about your breast health by taking our quiz 1. I should do my monthly breast self-exam when my period starts. True or False? FALSE. You should perform a breast self-exam three to five days after your period starts. This is when your breasts are least likely to be sore, tender or lumpy due to fluctuations in hormone levels. 2. If breast cancer doesn't run in my family, then I can't get it. True or False? 4. Most lumps found in the breast do not turn out to be cancer. True or False? TRUE. Although any significant change in the breast should be evaluated by a physician, the majority of breast lumps turn out to be benign (not cancerous). 5. Drinking alcohol increases your breast cancer risk. True or False? FALSE. Although individuals with a family history have an increased risk of breast cancer, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history. 3. Regular exercise can lower my risk of breast cancer. True or False? TRUE. Consuming alcohol increases the level of certain hormones, such as estrogen, that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. To avoid this increased risk, women should limit alcohol to two drinks per week or less. SOURCES: BREASTCANCER.ORG AND NATIONALBREASTCANCER.ORG TRUE. Exercise reduces the amount of insulin and estrogen in the body, boosts the immune system and helps maintain a healthy weight, all which lower your risk of developing breast cancer. YOU ASK, WE ANSWER If you have some of your own questions, reach out to our dedicated Upper Chesapeake Health Breast Center line at 443-843-PINK (7465) or 855-496-PINK. IS IT A HEART ATTACK? DON'T DRIVE-CALL 911! Other than mistaking a heart attack for heartburn, one of the biggest reasons people don't call 911 when they have symptoms is embarrassment. They think, "What if it isn't a heart attack?" But don't be embarrassed-to death. Every minute that the cardiac tissue goes without oxygen results in more damage to the heart muscle. In fact, calling 911 can save an average of 20 minutes or more in getting treated. Here are some symptoms to watch for: ■ Sudden chest pain or pressure that worsens. Pain may also be felt in the back, jaw, throat, arm or below the breastbone. ■ Feeling as if a belt is being tightened around the chest. ■ Sweating. ■ Nausea or vomiting. ■ Dizziness or shortness of breath. ■ A fullness, indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn). ■ Rapid or irregular heartbeats. ■ Extreme weakness or anxiety. The sooner you call 911, the sooner you'll get appropriate treatment. KNOW YOUR NUMBERS It's essential for minimizing your risk of heart disease. Go to mhm and click "Know Your Numbers" under "Watch More Videos."  New location! The Breast Center is now in the Kaufman Cancer Center. Visit | Winter 2013 3 http://www.BREASTCANCER.ORG http://www.BREASTCANCER.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013
A Healthy Start
Head Strong
Weighing Your Options
A Lifesaving Gift
At a Glance
News and Events

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2013