Saturday 25 October 2014

Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Potential Concerns Related to Breast Self-Exams

Unfortunately, many women remain in the dark about the importance of regular health checkups with their primary care physician. Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm explains why such routine appointments can be especially beneficial for women who wish to alleviate their risk of breast cancer.

Q: As Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings this subject into the national spotlight once again, how is it affecting the conversation between the medical community and the general public?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a wonderful time to discuss the many research studies, articles and other related news about breast cancer research and its latest developments. By taking responsibility for their personal health, women are overcoming environmental and hereditary factors that may impact their futures.

Q: Are self-exams a suitable alternative to regular appointments with a primary care physician?

Marla Ahlgrimm: No. Although women should indeed be attuned to their personal health at all times, nothing compares to the careful analysis of an experienced physician who can offer extensive assistance and insight into the importance of breast health.

Q: In the opinion of leading cancer organizations, is the self-exam still a viable option for today’s women?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have advised against using the self-exam as a woman’s primary method of determining breast health.

Q: How should women stay up to date with their breast health? 

Marla Ahlgrimm: Women are now advised to educate themselves about the symptoms of breast cancer. Another important piece of knowledge for every woman is her family history. Finally, with a healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine, women can complete the necessary steps to improve their overall well-being and lower their risk of breast cancer.

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