Eau Claire (WQOW) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but local health professionals want to remind you cancer screenings are important no matter the time of year.
Medical experts at May Clinic Health System told News 18 it’s important for all women to get breast cancer screenings, especially those age 40 and older.
Megan Meyers, a radiologist at Mayo, said no matter your risk, you should consider regular exams.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and most breast cancers are actually not hereditary and not in people that have a family history of breast cancer. So, it is really important with patients without a family history to come in and screen,” Meyers said.
Women are at an increased risk for breast cancer, simply due to being female, however it is possible for men to get breast cancer as well.
“Mothers can pass breast cancer to their sons, not only their daughters,” said Terri Soley, supervisor of ‘Hers Breast Center’ at Mayo. “We do see men in the breast center. We always encourage them to be familiar with what their breasts feel like. If they have any questions to contact their provider and get a clinical exam.”
Soley also told News 18 self exams are important, and the goal is for early detection to hopefully provide a healthy and happy life for those patients.