October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and what better time to remind women about screening! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. It is estimated that each year in the United States some 220,000 women are diagnosed with the disease and approximately 40,000 will die of it.
Early detection is key. If detected early, treatment can save thousands of lives. Public health officials encourage women who are 40 and older to speak with their physicians about breast cancer and the benefits of screening.
The American Cancer Society encourages women to make healthy lifestyle choices like getting plenty of physical activity, eating a balanced diet and reducing alcoholic beverages (if a woman drinks). These choices could help reduce breast cancer risk.
Click here for information on cancer screening recommendations.