Five Tips for lifelong breast health

There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer. There are some risk factors such as family history and aging that are unavoidable. But! Good news! There are some risk factors that you can control and they will improve your overall health in the process. Ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I at a healthy weight? Obesity or being overweight can increase your breast cancer risk and losing just 7 % of your body weight can dramatically change your health for the better. If your weight is healthy, keep up the good work!

2. Do I exercise regularly? Studies show that brisk walking just 2 hours per week can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to 18%. Start a new habit, step out with your friends to explore your neighborhood parks and walking paths.
3. Can I minimize or avoid my alcohol consumption? Women who have 2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is especially important for women who have breast cancer in their families.
4. Do I smoke? -even on occasion? The risk of many cancers and other health problems increases if you smoke. Research shows that long-term smoking is specifically associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
5. Do I eat enough veggies? Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables is your best defense for fighting and preventing cancer. Examples are cauliflower, bok choy, garden cress, brussel sprouts cabbage, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables.
There are resources in your community to help with lifestyle changes and learning healthy habits. Learn more here
https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-community-education.asp

Make your appointment today!

Patients of Virginia Mason Memorial family medicine clinics* are invited to Family Medicine of Yakima at 504 N. 40th Avenue, on Saturday, November 4th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a flu shot clinic. Call to pre-register for faster service, 509-966-9480 and bring your insurance card! We bill Medicare, DSHS, & most insurance.
*Apple Valley Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Yakima, Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, Pacific Crest Family Medicine, Selah Family Medicine, Yakima Internal Medicine, and our newest clinic; Zillah Family Medicine.

Have you got your flu shot yet?

Patients of Virginia Mason Memorial family medicine clinics* are invited to Family Medicine of Yakima at 504 N. 40th Avenue, on Saturday, November 4th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a flu shot clinic. Call to pre-register for faster service, 509-966-9480 and bring your insurance card! We bill Medicare, DSHS, & most insurance.
*Apple Valley Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Yakima, Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, Pacific Crest Family Medicine, Selah Family Medicine, Yakima Internal Medicine, and our newest clinic; Zillah Family Medicine.

How do I know if it’s Cold or Flu?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.  Learn more about Flu at https://www.rightcareyakima.com

Group Mammograms.

Groups of ladies from work, clubs/organizations, or family and friends may schedule a block of time to have their annual screening mammogram in a fun, friendly, supportive environment. To schedule a group event, contact Aimy at 509-574-3876. Screening mammograms only. The name of the doctor receiving your results is needed upon registration.

Avoid Flu with a Flu shot.

Friday, October 13th, 8:30 -11:45 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call 509-972-1818. We bill Medicare, DSHS, & most insurance.

*Apple Valley Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Yakima, Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, Pacific Crest Family Medicine, Selah Family Medicine, Yakima Internal Medicine, and our newest clinic; Zillah Family Medicine.