What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Men and women across the globe are showing support and raising awarenss through donations, Breast Cancer Awareness walks, and the familiar pink ribbon. But many people don’t know how breast cancer could affect them and the people around them. Don’t just pledge to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Learn and educate the people around you. It could save a life.

What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer

  • pink ribbonIt doesn’t just affect women over 40. Men have a 1 in 1,000 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2009, a 10 year old girl in California became the youngest person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Find a doctor you can trust. Qualifications are crucial, but you should also feel comfortable discussing questions, both big and small, with your physician.
  • Women are more likely to develop breast cancer if they have close female relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mammogram screening typically begins at 40, but high risk patients should discuss early screenings with their doctor.
  • Many women who develop breast cancer do not have family history.
  • Monthly breast exams increase the likelihood of catching breast cancer in its early stages. Get to know your breast tissue — but don’t skip your regular screenings.
  • The size of your breasts does not affect your risk of developing breast cancer.
  • There’s no evidence to suggest that breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer. At your regular screenings, remind your doctor or radiologist of the type and size of your breast implants.
  • There are many treatment options, and the best option is highly individual. Discuss each with your doctor before beginning treatment.
  • Many women are eligible for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for breast reconstruction.

To learn more about breast cancer, mastectomies, and breast reconstruction, contact Dr. Brantner’s office.

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Skin Care Tips from the Experts

As temperatures drop, men and women work harder to keep their skin healthy. Ignoring skin care during the colder months can speed the visible signs of aging. Extreme temperature changes, dryness, and sunburn damage the skin, creating dullness and increasing the likelihood of wrinkles. Protect the skin you’re in with these doctor-approved skin care tips.

7 Doctor Recommended Skin Care Tips

  1. healthy skinProtect your skin at all costs. Harmful UV rays can seep through cloud cover, and contrary to common opinion, they’re just as dangerous in the winter. Never leave the house without applying at least SPF 30 to the face, neck, and ears.
  2. Eat right. A nutritious meal can rejuvenate the skin. Munch on almonds, which contain fatty acids that soothe inflammation in the skin.
  3. Control stress. Stress isn’t just internal. The effects of stress can increase signs of aging. Set aside a time each week to rest and rejuvenate. Don’t forget to turn off your phone while you relax.
  4. Choose a good skin care routine. Healthy skin requires upkeep. Ask Dr. Brantner about gentle skin care products to keep the skin soft and supple.
  5. Learn the tricks. Dealing with swollen, itchy eyes after a hard long day? The age-old frozen peas trick works! Place a bag of frozen peas over your eyes for 5 minutes to reduce swelling and minimize redness.
  6. Exercise well. Exercise is key to healthy skin, but it’s important to choose your workout wisely. High-impact exercise can cause the skin to sag over time. Try cross-training or using low-impact fitness machines like the elliptical to reduce the stress of your workout.
  7. Sip tea. Both green and black teas contain protective compounds that help prevent skin cancer and the breakdown of collagen in the skin.

Want to renew dull skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles? Ask about non-invasive procedures like microdermabrasion, Botox, and injectable fillers.

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