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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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This October, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proud to sponsor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a time to promote regular mammograms and increase early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early when there is the best chance for treatment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in White, Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.  Within our three county health district - Rutherford County could expect 76 new cases of breast cancer and it is projected that 26 of those women will die from breast cancer.  In Polk County, 28 new cases are expected with 5 deaths as a result.  Finally, in McDowell County 47 new cases of breast cancer with 7 deaths. (Produced by the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry)

If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often you need them.  If you are age 50 or older, call today to schedule your mammogram.

These are general guidelines. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get a mammogram.

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