Five Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

While you can’t change some breast cancer risk factors—family history and aging, for example—there are some risk factors that you can control. And while there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are things you can do that may lower your risk. Here are 5 ways to help protect your breast health. 1. Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk. This is especially true after menopause and for women who gain weight as adults. After menopause, most of your estrogen comes from fat tissue. Having more fat tissue can increase your chance of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels. Also, women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of insulin, an

How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Have you ever said “no thanks” to a tempting dessert or eaten only salad for lunch because you were trying to cut back? If so, you’re among many women who try every day to protect their health by eating right. The American Cancer Society recommends eating mostly vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and less red meat (beef, pork, and lamb), less processed meat (bacon, sausage, luncheon meats, and hot dogs), and fewer sweets. A healthy diet can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancer types. A healthy diet can also help you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk for getting breast cancer. What’s less clear is the link b

12th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 22, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm community healthcare providers and law enforcement officials around the country are teaming up to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. BACKGROUND Expired/unwanted prescription medications can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens, and family pets who could consume them by mistake or intentionally take/misuse them when they are readily available from family medicine cabinets. In particular, misuse of narcotics has become a national concern which requires our immediate attention, especially in the Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas. We need your help! Here’s what you can do……. TRASH Check with your pharmacist abo

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer Widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. Still some breast cancers are not found by mammograms, either because the test was not done or because even under ideal conditions mammograms do not find every breast cancer. Breast lump or mass The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A mass that’s painless, hard, and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it’s important to have any new breast mass, lump, or change checked by a health care provider experienced i