Local Physicians Offer Tips to Support Breast Health in October

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FL (October 7, 2011) — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Yohanna Olivo, M.D., Internal Medicine, and L. Francisco Espaillat, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Surgeon, Highlands Medical Group are encouraging Highlands County area women to become proactive about their breast health.

“The earlier breast cancer is found, the patient has a better chance of improved survival and maximal quality of life,” said Dr. Espaillat, “There are two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Women can’t choose their diagnosis, but they can take precautions to find breast cancer and begin treatment as early as possible.”

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 192,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer, the most common cancer among women in the United States, will be discovered this year. Fortunately, the number of breast cancer deaths continues to decrease each year as more women learn about the importance of early detection techniques.

Women in their 20s and 30s should do monthly breast self-exams and undergo a clinical breast exam at least every three years. Women should have a clinical breast exam and a mammogram every year after age 40, according to Dr. Olivo, a local internal medicine physician who offers women’s wellness exams. “With private health insurance and Medicare now providing annual mammograms at no cost to the patient as a part of preventative care, women really have no reason to not take advantage of this service.” said Dr.Olivo.

Some women feel they should go out of the HighlandsCounty area to receive a mammogram, citing better equipment and care. Dr Olivo reminds Highlands Countyresidents “Highlands Regional MedicalCenter just opened a new Breast Centerand it offers the newest, state-of-the-art, imaging equipment available and my patients have found the personal service offered by the new center to be a real comfort.” “Dr Espaillat is a wonderful surgeon, and is the only Comprehensive breast surgeon in the county.” “We now have the technology and expertise locally available, and that makes it better for our patients care” said Dr. Olivo

Women also can lower their risk of breast cancer by making certain lifestyle changes recommended by the ACS and Dr. Olivo went on to recommend the following:

  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Consider breast-feeding for at least several months.
  • Don’t use post-menopausal hormone therapy unless you need it.

To schedule a clinical breast exam, mammogram appointment, or Women’s Wellness Exam call Dr Olivo’s Office at (863) 385-2429.