Breast Cancer Awareness

by Lyndsy Gamet, Economic Security Support Team Member

Although October is Breast Cancer awareness month, it is important to take preventative steps every month!

Did you know that there has been an estimated 235,030 new cases of Breast Cancer so far this year? According to www.cancer.gov, a majority of those cases have been found in Woman over the age of 60.

The statistics can be scary, especially when so many of us have lost someone to breast cancer. However, breast cancer is survivable today, especially when it is caught early. Early detection can make a world of difference in terms of survivability and treatment options. The medical advances that have been made are leaps and bounds from where they were even ten years ago. Take the steps to take care of yourself.

Between the ages of 50 and 74, it is recommended to get a mammogram at least every two years. A woman should begin discussing her risk with her doctor in her 40’s, and it’s never too late to start the discussion.

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurance companies cover one mammogram every two years, beginning at age of 40, with no copayment or deductible. Medicare covers one mammogram every 12 months.

If you would like to find more information on Breast Cancer, early detection, and how to donate to the cause, click one of the links below:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

http://www.breastcancer.org/

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast

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