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Breast Cancer Screening - Family Medicine

The statistics are alarming. “Two million cases are diagnosed every single year--that puts about 1 in 8 women at risk of having breast cancer or knowing someone who has breast cancer,” said Dr. Ariel Felix, a family medicine resident with Lee Health. Dr. Felix encourages women to be proactive about their health. “Making sure you’re eating right, making sure you’re exercising, if you smoke, talk with your doctor on ways of cutting back, or even getting to that quit date, because those things do increase your risk of developing breast cancer,” she said. Other things like hormone therapy and contraceptives can also increase your risk for breast cancer—making it essential to know your body and talk to your doctor about any concerns. In addition to doing self-breast exams, she also encourages women to get a mammogram starting at age 50. “The mammogram is an x-ray. What the radiologist is looking for is anything that may look suspicious. When we do get those screening mammograms back that are inconclusive, we get more pictures. Sometimes that’s in the form of a mammogram with different techniques, and sometimes that involves an ultrasound,” said Dr. Felix. Screenings that can help to find any changes early—giving patients a better outcome. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org