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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. The statistics you’ll find throughout this article are hard to ignore, starting with these:

  • About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • 1 in 39 women (3 percent) will die from breast cancer
  • In 2020, it’s estimated that about 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women between ages 55 and 64.
  • About 10 percent of breast cancers occur in women younger than 45.

Breasts are made up of a variety of different tissues, including ducts, lobes, and glands that produce milk and carry it to the nipple. Breasts also contain lymph nodes and fatty tissue. Cancer develops when the cells in the breast mutate and grow out of control. These cells create a tumor.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

The most recognized physical sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast tissue. While this discovery will send (and should) many women to the doctor for further examination, there are other signs and symptoms of breast cancer you should know.

  • Skin changes, such as swelling, redness, or other visible differences in one or both breasts
  • An increase in size or change in the shape of the breast(s)
  • Changes in the appearance of one or both nipples
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • General pain in/on any part of the breast
  • Lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast

How is Breast Cancer Diagnosed?

Breast cancer is typically detected either during screening, before symptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump. Masses can be detected on a mammogram. Women who are diagnosed with dense breast tissue may be required to get an ultrasound screening in addition to the mammogram.  Most breast lumps turn out to be benign.

However, when cancer is suspected, a physician will order a needle biopsy or a surgical biopsy to obtain a tissue sample. The selection of the type of biopsy is based on multiple factors, including the size and location of the mass, as well as patient factors and preferences and resources.

Take Control

One of the easiest things a woman can do to try and reduce her risk of breast cancer is to take charge of certain aspects of her health she can control, such as diet, exercise, and weight management. However, before making any drastic changes to lifestyle, women should get a screening that can identify the overall condition of their health.

The comprehensive female panel at Any Lab Test Now is designed for women at all stages of their life to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare goals. It includes blood counts, a metabolic panel which includes kidney and liver functions, female hormones, thyroid, heart health, and nutritional status. You don’t need to get a doctor’s order to get this or any lab test at Any Lab Test Now. You can learn more about the comprehensive female panel here.

Drug Testing In Uncertain Times – When You Need Test Results Fast!

It’s hard to believe how quickly things have changed in communities everywhere in just a few short weeks.  COVID-19 has caused extreme demands for employees in certain industry segments, including:

  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Grocery
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Healthcare and
  • Senior Care

As more communities create an eco-system of social distancing, employers and staffing agencies are aggressively searching for temporary and new hires to fill the gaps created by COVID-19 safety precautions.

Staffing Agencies

Some staffing agencies perform drug tests in-house during the hiring process.  However, now that recruiters are working from home, how will they get drug tests for candidates?  Or, an agency may have been requested by a client to find mass temporary employees to fulfill delivery positions, support hospitals, or the urgent need for grocery store clerks and re-stocking personnel.


Employers across the country in logistics and distribution are forced to react to a surge in online buying.  Senior care organizations that support home health, assisted living, nursing homes and retirement centers can no longer depend on family members as part of the care and support system for their residents.  That’s more burden on them, and they need to ensure new employees are drug tested in a safe environment to they stay healthy.

And, we could go on about healthcare.  Let’s first give a big thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel passionately giving themselves every day.  COVID-19 has created an increased need for more medical professionals  to assuage fear and concern that individuals may have contracted the virus, as well as diagnosis and treatment as needed.

There is a lot going on right now that is placing a burden on both employers and staffing agencies.  We just want you to know we’re here, and here to help if you need us.

Be At Ease – Fast Drug Testing Turnaround

ANY LAB TEST NOW® is committed to the 185+ communities across the U.S. where our stores are located.  Each store is sanitized several times a day, in accordance with the CDC’s protocols.  We do not test for the coronavirus, and your donors will not be subjected to people who may express flu-like symptoms, unlike some testing facilities.  You need healthy people on the job – we get that and we’re ready to do our part.

Some Any Lab Test Now store locations offer onsite testing services for groups.  At this time, we suggest rapid drug screens for candidates and employees.  Rapid drug screen results are available in minutes, allowing you to get those that screen negative on the job quickly.  If healthcare workers require clinical tests, such as titers or TB screens, we can take care of that for you too.  There is no need to send them to a different location.

Give us a call and we’ll get your candidates in and tested.  Find your closest Any Lab Test Now store at