October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness of the often fatal disease. Early detection is the key. Although many people know of breast cancer, they avoid the steps that lead to early detection and that often mean the difference between life and death.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reminds us that other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. (http://tinyurl.com/m2v8zjx)
Worried about the cost? Follow this link to find access to free or low-cost mammograms.
The library also carries a variety of books on the topic. Click here to browse our collection.