October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Alliance Women’s Health would like to take time to discuss the importance of yearly mammograms for women.
According to the CDC: Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is —
• The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
• The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
• The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
A yearly mammogram exam is important because mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. The images can detect tumors that cannot be felt. It can also find micro calcifications — tiny calcium deposits — that indicate the presence of breast cancer.
We cannot stress enough the importance of early detection, as it can be the difference of defining your life’s path. Finding the cancer in its early stages is key, because that is when it is most treatable.
Simply put, mammograms save lives! So don’t delay–schedule your yearly mammogram today, and encourage your sisters, moms, and friends to do the same.