Five Facts on Breast Cancer in Honor of National Mammography Day

Five Facts on Breast Cancer in Honor of National Mammography Day

Charlotte Hofer, American Cancer Society
10/21/11

Every three minutes, another woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Friday, October 21 is National Mammography Day, and the American Cancer Society reminds you to tell a woman you love to get a screening. It could save her life!

Did you know? Breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. Men can get it too. An estimated 1,900 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Get the facts at the American Cancer Society website.

Got 30 minutes? Look better and live longer. Here’s how: With just 30 minutes a day, you can reduce your risk of breast cancer by exercising. Exercise at least five times a week for a half hour.

It’s easy to forget to get that mammogram, right? Now there’s an easy way to remind yourself to get that lifesaving screening. Sign up for a free email mammogram reminder at the American Cancer Society website at http://acsremindme.com/ and never forget a screening again.

If it hasn’t done so already, breast cancer will touch you or someone you know. The disease will strike more than 200,000 times this year and claim 40,000 lives nationwide. Be proactive with your health. If you are 40 or older, get a mammogram and breast exam every year. Screening guidelines are posted at the American Cancer Society web site, www.cancer.org.

"Make the time every year to get a check-up; screening and early detection truly does save lives," says Arlene Black Bird, program director of the Cheyenne River Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention & Detection program in South Dakota.

If you can't afford a screening, call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345.

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