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The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot

The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot is a monthly resource for information on a variety of topics ranging from the best way to get a good night's sleep to women's health.

October's Topic: Be Breast Care Aware.

with Dr. Stephania Timothy, GVH General Surgeon

October is breast cancer awareness month. While there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are steps that can be taken that might lower your risk. For all women, it is important to get to and maintain a healthy weight. Increased body weight and weight gain are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. Along with that, moderate to vigorous physical activity has been linked to a lower breast cancer risk, so make sure you are getting regular physical activity throughout the week.

It’s aso helpful to avoid alcohol. Even low levels of alcohol intake have been linked with an increase in risk for breast cancer.

For women with an increased risk of breast cancer (for example, if you have a family history), there are certain medicines which can be considered as well as preventative surgery. Your healthcare provider can help you determine what options, if any, might be right for you.

Many women with breast cancer have no symptoms which is why I cannot stress enough how important regular breast screenings are. For someone with an average risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends that women over 45 receive a mammogram annually. Women 55 and older can switch to a mommogram every other year if they so choose.

This October, be breast care aware. Visit for more information about breast cancer or call 970-641-7253 to schedule a mammogram.

Gunnison Valley Health
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-1456