ATLANTA -- Nearly 6,000 Georgia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Of those, 1,100 will die from the disease.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but there are steps women should take year-round to stay healthy:
- If you are a woman over the age of 40, you should undergo an annual mammogram. This diagnostic screening looks for any abnormalities, or problems, with a woman's breasts. The test uses a special x-ray machine to take pictures of both breasts. The results are recorded on film and then examined by licensed health care providers.
Physicians search for breast lumps and changes in breast tissue that may develop into problems over time.
- Women who have had breast cancer or breast problems, or those with a family history of early breast cancer, should start mammograms at a younger age. Consult with your health care provider to determine a screening plan that is right for you.
- All women should conduct monthly breast self-exams beginning at the age of 20. Regardless of your age, if you find a lump or notice changes in your breast, talk to your health care provider immediately
For those who do not have insurance, the cost of a mammogram could be covered by a grant from The Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
To see if you qualify, call 404-605-2782.
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