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October 16th is National Mammography Day

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2009: October 16th is National Mammography Day

October 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for promoting awareness of this terrible disease and empowering women to take control of their health issues. Women are encouraged to practice regular self-examination, get yearly mammograms and become better educated in all areas of treatment available so they can work with their healthcare providers confidently and less fearfully.

In 1993, President Clinton proclaimed that the third Friday in October each year be dedicated as National Mammography Day. This year it will be celebrated on October 16, and all women are encouraged to make an appointment, either on that day or any time during the month to get a mammogram.

According to the National Cancer Institute Women in their 40s and older should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years. Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer should talk with their health care providers about whether to have one prior to their 40th birthday, and how often to have them. In addition, Health Canada cites that "the only proven strategy to reduce breast cancer deaths is early detection through mammography in women over 50," and that mammograms can "reduce mortality from breast cancer by approximately 30% in women aged 50-69."

Breast Care Center of Columbus:  http://www.columbusregional.com/crhs.aspx?nd=90


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