October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates women about the importance of early detection. Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. According to The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization:
• Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women, even though breast cancer risk increases with age.
• Hispanic women have fewer mammograms than Caucasian women and African American women.
• Women below poverty level are less likely than women at higher incomes to have had a mammogram within the past two years.
• Mammography use has increased for all groups except American Indians and Alaska Natives.

This is exciting progress, but there are still women who do not take advantage of early detection at all and others who do not get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals. Encourage the women in your life to get mammograms on a regular basis. For more resources in your area, visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website or visit the American Cancer Society for information about breast cancer, treatment and prevention.

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