October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Please take all the necessary steps toward early detection and encourage others to do the same!
Performing monthly breast exams is a must! When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%! Early warning signs of breast cancer may involve the discovery of a new lump or a change in the breast tissue or skin.
Mammogram Recommendations for All Women:
* Women 40 and older should have mammograms every one or two years.
* Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should as their healthcare professional whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them.
Proper screening, increased awareness, and early detection are necessary if we are to continue the decline in breast cancer incidence rates. The National Breast Cancer Foundation partners with medical facilities across the country, providing FREE mammograms and diagnostic breast cancer services to underserved women through the NBCF National Mammography Program. To learn more please go to their website http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/patient-services.