Breast Cancer Awareness

Senior Health Seminar at the Oak Park Arms

A representative from Interim Healthcare will present a talk titled “Breast Cancer Awareness” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Today, there are two and half million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Over the past twenty years, great improvements have been made in the treatment of breast cancer. As a result, the number of breast cancer survivors continues to rise.

Unfortunately, the chance of getting breast cancer goes up as a woman gets older. Women 65 years or older comprise half of the new breast cancer patients annually.

For all women, the American Cancer Society’s recommended guidelines for early detection in all women without symptoms include:

  • Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
  • Clinical breast exam: After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health expert every year.
  • Breast self-exam (BSE): BSE is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to their health professional right away.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of independent living and assisted living apartments. Additional services include respite care and an adult day care program. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

Again, the event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.