October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Lake Regional Health systems is encouraging women to learn more about the warning signs of the disease; New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit), Thickening or swelling of part of the breast Irritation or dimpling of breast skin, Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast and abnormal Pain in the breast are all warning signs to be on the lookout for. There are steps you can take to decrease your overall risk. Tilly Schmidt, with Lake Regional talks about the importance of staying ahead of breast cancer with monthly self-exams.

Breast cancer screening checks a woman’s breasts for cancer before she has any symptoms. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is advanced enough to cause symptoms. Lake Regional Imaging Center provides 3-D mammograms, the most effective tool for diagnosing breast cancer.

To learn more about Lake Regional Gynecology and to take a BRCA risk assessment, visit lakeregional.com/obgyn. Or call Lake Regional at 573-302-2764 in Osage Beach or 573-557-2553 in Eldon.