In case you did not notice the abundance of awareness ribbons and the color pink, October is a special time because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Jacqueline Subka, your general dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA, wants you to understand the importance of being aware of this disease and how vital early detection is—not just for cancer, but for many different conditions.
Early Detection Is Vital for Many Conditions
Breast Cancer is a serious disease that will likely affect one out of every eight women over the course of their lifetime. It is expected that 40,000 women will pass away from this disease just in 2015. There are many controversies surrounding the treatment of Breast Cancer and what women should do. It is important to remember that saving the woman is what is important, by whatever means she deems necessary. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments are all common in various stages of this terrible disease. The earlier that it can be detected, the better the outcome is likely to be.
Problems Can Be Present Without Symptoms
Another important thing to remember is that, as with oral hygiene, cancer can be present even before you exhibit symptoms. This is why it is important for women over the age of 40 and those whose family have a history of breast cancer receive yearly mammograms. Even if you feel fine, something could be developing that should be inspected right away. You can do your part by encouraging the women in your life to perform self-examinations and to get a mammogram.
Now Is a Great Time for All Kinds of Checkups
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, has also been linked to some types of cancers. October is a great time to remember that regular checkups are necessary for our good health. Go get a mammogram and then schedule your checkup with Dr. Subka to make sure your oral health is in order. Give us a call at (805) 433-9575.