Midwest Express Clinic reminds women to check-in during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the neighborhood healthcare providers at Midwest Express Clinic want women to be aware of the risks and signs and set an appointment with any questions.
“October is a good reminder to have your annual exam,” Kaitlyn Steinberg, FNP-BC, Director of Clinical Operations, said. “It’s one of those things that women really shouldn’t ignore.”
Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease in women after skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Association. Diagnosing it early leads to a 5-year survival rate of 99 percent.
Women aged 40 to 44 should consider a yearly breast cancer screening. Women aged 45 to 54 should get a mammogram annually. Women 55 and older can be screened every two years or continue every year.
MEC can offer a referral and help find a facility near you to have a mammogram.
If you have a family history of the disease, a genetic mutation or other risk factors, you should be screened with an MRI in addition to your yearly mammogram. Women are more likely to develop breast cancer if they are Caucasian, obese, have had radiation treatment, frequently consume alcohol or have been previously diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, among other factors.
All women should do monthly self-examinations, feeling for any lump, thickening, hardened knot or any other changes. More information on how to perform a self-examination can be found at nationalbreastcancer.org.
Midwest Express Clinic understands that business hours aren’t always convenient for women’s health needs. Locations in Dyer, Crown Point, Schererville, Munster, Hammond and Merrillville are open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. An office in Portage is expected to open soon. MEC also has 11 offices in the greater Chicago area.
Midwest Express Clinic offers a range of other women’s health services, as well, including pap smears, pregnancy testing, STD testing, ultrasound and treatment for urinary tract infections, abscesses, cysts and bladder infections.
“It’s important to us that women feel secure when they come to us with medical needs,” Steinberg said. “The staff at MEC is always available to answer all your questions.”