“Investigators from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that mammography screening rates dropped nearly 4% from 2000 to 2005.”
- Breast cancer prevention depends on early screening and awareness. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and DMS strongly recommends that all women practice the elements of good breast health.
- Obtain a yearly screening mammogram starting at the age of 40
- Obtain annual clinical breast exams: Perform monthly breast-self exams.
- Obtain a risk assessment from a physician.
If detected early, breast cancer has a 5-year survival rate of over 95%. The mortality rate for breast cancer could decrease by 30% if all women over the age of 50 had a mammogram.
American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345 www.cancer.org
Food and Drug Administration: www.fda.gov
Komen Foundation: 800-462-9273 www.komen.org
National Cancer Institute: 800-4CANCER 800-422-6237 www.nci.nih.gov
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations: 888-806-2226 www.nabco.org
Y-ME Breast Cancer Advocacy Organization: 800-221-2141 www.y-me.org
Informational site about digital mammography: www.HerSource.com