October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Are your breasts healthy? Do you know the American Cancer Societys guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, breast cancer will claim the lives of an estimated 40,600 Americans. This number could be greatly reduced if all women followed the American Cancer Societys guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer. These guidelines state that women aged 40 and older should have an annual mammogram, an annual clinical breast exam and a monthly breast self-examination, and women aged 20 to 39 should have a clinical breast exam performed every three years, as well as monthly breast self-examination.
Since mammography is the single most effective method of early detection, the American Cancer Society has launched a new program called Tell A Friend to encourage women over 40 to get annual mammograms. In Tell A Friend, volunteers contact their friends and family members and encourage them to get annual mammograms. There will be an informational meeting on Tell A Friend at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the American Cancer Societys office at 4312 E. State St., Rockford, or call 815-229-1287.
For more information on cancer, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Societys web site at www.cancer.org.