Women's Health Month

May is known as Women’s Health Month. Ladies – celebrate women’s health month by caring for yourself. Empower yourself by having a preventative health plan in place. Make your own health a top priority.

Your plan should include things like eating healthy, being active, and caring for your mental health. Our physical and mental health are better when we get enough sleep and keep our stress levels low. Avoid bad habits like smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seat belt or bike helmet. Another thing you can do for yourself is to visit your doctor for a well-woman check-up. Make sure you are up to date with your preventative health screenings.

Part of a preventative health plan also includes getting screened for breast cancer. As you grow older, your chances of having breast cancer will increase. More than three-quarters of all breast cancers occur in women 50 and older. There are recommended guidelines, based on age, for when to have a mammogram:

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

It is very important to talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you. Check with your insurance company to see how often they will pay for you to have a mammogram.

Get to know how your breasts look and feel. Report any breast changes to your doctor right away. Make it a goal this month to remind all of the females in your life to schedule a mammogram. It could save their life!

If you need help to pay for breast and cervical cancer screenings, please contact Four Corners. You might qualify for a program called “Every Woman Matters”.

We invite you to help share the message of cancer prevention. Four Corners has cancer prevention toolkits ready to share with communities. These free toolkits are focused on a different cancer-related topic each month. April was focused on alcohol use and the link to cancer. May concentrates on breast cancer and women’s health.

The toolkit offers organizations and businesses a way to share information on the monthly topic: newsletters briefs, posters, handouts, Facebook posts, Twitter messages, and more. Contact Four Corners if you would like to receive this monthly toolkit. We hope that at least one item from the toolkit is shared with your staff, patrons, patients, and others.

Your health is a lifelong journey. To find out more about your health, visit with your doctor to work together on your own plan. If you have any questions, please call Four Corners Health Department @ 877-337-3573 or send an email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov.