Friday, October 18 is National Mammography Day

It's National Mammography Day: 8 Things To Know About Breast Cancer

Charlotte Hofer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Friday, October 18, is National Mammography Day. Here are eight things the American Cancer Society wants you to know about breast cancer:

1. A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8.

2. All women are at risk for breast cancer.

3. An estimated 232,340 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States this year.

4. Men can get breast cancer too: About 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

5. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer in women.

6. About 40,030 breast cancer deaths are expected in 2013.

7. Stay healthy: maintain a healthy weight, exercise, and reduce alcohol consumption.

8. Early detection saves lives; the American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40.

Schedule a mammogram today. It could save your life. If you need help paying for a mammogram, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit

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