The Coshocton County Beacon October 17, 2018 - Page 21

THE BEACON 21 OCTOBER 17, 2018 RISK: Ways breast cancer risk might be reduced Things you can do that might lower your risk FROM PAGE 20 Medicines to lower breast cancer risk Prescription medicines can be used to help lower breast cancer risk in certain women at increased risk of breast cancer. (Th is risk is usually determined with a risk assessment tool known as the Gail Model.) Medicines such as tamoxifen and raloxifene block the action of estrogen in breast tissue. Tamoxifen can be taken even if you haven’t gone through menopause, while raloxifene is only used for women who have gone through menopause. Other drugs, called aromatase in- hibitors, might also be an option for women past meno- pause. All of these medicines can also have side eff ects, so it’s important to understand the possible benefi ts and risks of taking one of them. Preventive surgery for women with very high breast cancer risk For the small fraction of women who have a very high risk for breast cancer, surgery to remove the breasts may be an option. Another option might be to remove the ovaries, which are the main source of estrogen in the body. While surgery can lower the risk of breast cancer, it can’t eliminate it completely, and it can come with its own side eff ects. Before deciding which, if any, of these options might be right for you, talk with your health care provider to understand your risk of breast cancer and how much any of these approaches might lower this risk. For women at increased breast cancer risk who don’t want to take medicines or have surgery, another option Contributed | is to have more frequent doctor visits and tests to look for breast cancer. Th is is sometimes referred to as close observation. While this approach doesn’t lower breast cancer risk, it might help fi nd it early, when it’s likely to be easier to treat. • Get to and stay at a healthy weight • Be physically active • Limit or avoid alcohol • Breastfeeding for several months • Medicines to lower breast cancer risk • Preventive surgery for women with very high breast cancer risk Putting Patients and Safety First Earned Us a Top Safety Grade Joint Commission Full Hospital Accreditation April 2018 Joint Commission Lab Accreditation June 2018 American College of Radiology Ultrasound Accreditation April 2018 American College of Mammography Accreditation May 2018 And That’s Just The Beginning. Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) Accreditation July 2018 American College of Cardiology Accreditation August 2018 The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade "A" Spring 2017, Fall 2017 and again, Spring 2018 For quality, safe healthcare when you need it, experience the difference at Coshocton Regional Medical Center. 1460 Orange St. | Coshocton, OH | 740.622.6411 Member of Prime Healthcare 0023_101718