Doctors diagnose nearly 275,000 new cases of breast cancer every year. Half of the newly diagnosed breast cancer occurs in women over age 60 and about 20 percent come from women over 70, which makes October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month incredibly important to a large portion of the population. Knowing your personal risk factors for breast cancer is something that everyone should prioritize. Assisting the seniors we love in ensuring they are aware of their risk of breast cancer is pertinent.”
Seniors Helping Seniors® offers the following tips for seniors that allow them to be more aware of their risk factors for breast cancer:
- Stay on top of yearly screenings. According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a screening mammogram every two years is recommended for women aged 50 to 74. Discuss this with your primary care provider who may recommend other screenings depending on your personal risk factors.
- Get moving. Although regular exercise benefits your health for many reasons, studies suggest that it can lower the risk of breast cancer.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet. Maintaining a healthy diet is a component of reducing the risk of breast cancer. By incorporating vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, you are also lowering cancer risk factors.
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care provides a variety of services to support seniors so that they can maintain their independence and enjoy life not just in their homes, but also in their neighborhoods. These services include companionship, light housekeeping, cooking, and shopping support, assistance with personal care, dementia care, pet care, yard work, and medication reminders.
For Seniors Helping Seniors®, it all comes down to The Power of Love® and providing compassionate care that makes seniors feel seen, heard, and independent while providing purpose and passion for its senior caregivers. Do you know a senior that needs help in their home? Would they like some companionship? Are you a caregiver looking for a family to help? Call or text us at 312-526-3666.