October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women. In fact, each year
approximately 182,800 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed, and 40,800 women die of the
disease. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the survival rate. When breast cancer
is diagnosed at a local stage (has not spread to surrounding tissue or lymph nodes), the 5-year
survival rate is 97%. When breast cancer is diagnosed after it has spread, the 5-year survival rate decreases to 21%.
Your best defense against breast cancer is having a screening mammogram on a regular basis,
breast self-examination, and an annual examination by a physician. The American Cancer
Society recommends screening mammograms every year for women over the age of 50 and
older. If you have not had a mammogram in the past year, we strongly encourage you to call
for your appointment TODAY.
Taking care of your own health is important. This includes seeing your health care provider for a
breast exam and having a mammogram every year.
Please schedule your mammogram today!