GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime according to Community Hospital.

KREX 5 is wrapping up breast cancer awareness month with a reminder to stay on top of screenings and look out for the signs.

Men and women with a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk of developing the disease, but regardless, everyone needs to be aware of the risk. Some men and women do not have symptoms of the disease, which is why doctors say it’s crucial to keep up with annual screenings. Signs of breast cancer can include breast lumps, skin changes, and swelling.

Kristina Goutsouliak, an Oncologist with Community Hospital says the age to start screenings is changing. “We are beginning to see breast cancer at a much younger age so the current recommendation is to start screening mammograms at the age of 40, certainly no later than 45,” says Kristina.

Thanks to technology advancement, breast cancer detection has improved in recent years.

You can benefit from the latest screening technology right here in Grand Junction at Community Hospital. See the details here.