October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so we would love to take the time to celebrate our wonderful Hygienist, Christina Morin, who is a breast cancer survivor!
Christina is a survivor in every sense of the word. Her strength and resilience is demonstrated daily in her personal life as well as in her work. She works tirelessly to provide the best possible care for her patients while also establishing lasting connections and relationships with those she treats. Christina's incredible feat of beating breast cancer has only increased her care and compassion for her patients! She is an integral part of our team and we are truly blessed to have her with us.
Besides the celebration of Christina’s life, we also want to help raise public awareness of breast cancer facts and warning signs. Since only 15% of women who have breast cancer have a family member with the disease, breast cancer prevention and early detection is important for all women. Here are a few preventive measures you can start implementing in your own life: limit alcohol, do not smoke, control your weight, breastfeed, limit dose and duration of hormone therapy, and be vigilant about breast cancer detection. Doctors recommend women ages 40 to 44 should start getting mammograms once a year; though women at a higher risk should consult with their doctor ASAP to determine when they should start screening. About 85% of women who have breast cancer have a family member with the disease.
Are you a survivor or know someone who is? Share your story with us in the comment section below.