Every October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a chance to bring attention to the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Approximately 1 in 8 American women had or have breast cancer, and it ranks number two of the most common forms of cancer in all women.
On a more positive note, if a Physician, diagnoses the cancer in the early stages of development; many women are able to survive. The key to achieving an early diagnosis is to schedule regular check-ups. Your Dr. will want to discuss your family medical history, diet and lifestyle, and when you should begin mammograms to screen for breast cancer.
• If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
• If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 year or less.