Thursday, April 5, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness

Just a reminder today from your friendly mammographer to make sure you're up-to-date on your yearly mamm if you're of age for it.

Here are a few facts to keep in mind: Each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year. Yes, men do get breast cancer too!

If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.

The national Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested in addition. So what are you waiting for? Come see me at Monroe County Urgent Care for yours!

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