October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
According to the CDC.org other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Getting mammograms regularly is so very important.
During the Month of October, many Facilities offer reduced mammograms. In many areas free and low-cost mammograms are available year round.
Free and Low Cost Mammograms
Most insurance companies and Medicare cover the cost of mammograms. In many parts of the U.S., low-cost or free mammograms are offered through national programs and community organizations.
- Komen Affiliates fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for those who need it most. Find an Affiliate in your area to learn what resources are available.
- National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program provides access to breast cancer screening to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.
- YWCA provides breast cancer education and screening to women who lack access to health services.
Mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Mammograms can reveal cancer too small to be felt and can detect the disease in women who are otherwise healthy. Source
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime The National Breast Cancer Foundation
When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 100% –American Cancer Society
The National Breast Cancer Foundation states the best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.
Who Should Get a Mammogram?
If you are symptom-free, you should have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40 to establish what is normal in your breasts. The American Cancer Society breast cancer screening recommendations include yearly mammograms after age 40.
Depending on family history, your risks, and your physician’s findings, mammography may be recommended earlier and/or more frequently. Source
Saving Lives on Wheels
If you can’t make it to a mammography facility due to your schedule. A mobile mammography unit is available in some areas. Mobile mammography is as safe and accurate as other locations.