October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the time to raise awareness about the importance of screenings and the early detection of breast cancer.

About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. These guidelines can help get you started.  

 

 

• If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

• Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every 2 years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.

 

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

 

 

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

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Mike Spasoff