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October was the time to promote regular mammograms and increase early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early when there is the best chance for treatment.
A report by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) details decades in progress against cancer since the National Cancer Act became law in 1971, launching the National Cancer Institute and the “War on Cancer.”
Early detection through routine screening has helped increase the survival rate for many cancers. Screening recommendations have helped push the five-year survival rate to above 90% for cervical, breast, and prostrate cancers, when they are detected early.
EARLY DETECTION TIPS
- If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often you need them.
- If you are age 50 or older, get a mammogram every 2 years. Talk with your doctor to decide if you need one more often.
- Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family.
- Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get a mammogram.
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