Breast Cancer Awareness
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. While there are some breast cancer risk factors you can’t change (such as family history), you can help to lower your risk by taking care of your health (for example, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol).
Getting regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying of breast cancer. If you are a 50 to 74 year old woman, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your provider about when to start getting mammograms and how often you should have them.
Do you have diabetes? Regular check-ups are an important part of your healthcare. To reduce your risk of diabetes complications, see your provider at least twice per year. Some tests will be ordered or conducted at each appointment and some will be done annually.
Items that may be included are:
- Lab tests to check long-term blood sugar control (A1C) your kidney function and your cholesterol level
- Blood pressure checks
- Review of your blood glucose meter results
- Foot exam
- Recommended vaccinations
In addition, be sure to visit your eye care professional annually. Check MyChart® or ask your provider care team to find out what diabetes care items you are due for.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Managing a chronic illness can be difficult. If you would like help learning how to manage health conditions, Senior Services of Snohomish County and The Everett Clinic sponsor free Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshops. In six sessions, you will build important skills to exercise safely, make healthy food choices and manage medications. Workshops are offered quarterly and registration is required. To register, call: 425-265-2283.