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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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This October, the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District is proud to promote 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.

  • 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, get a mammogram every 2 years. Talk with your doctor to decide if you need one more often.

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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