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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

- Thursday, October 10, 2013

This October, Hospice Associates, is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every 2 years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Did you know? Breast cancer can occur in men. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Watch this short video: http://1.usa.gov/HSlf4 

Worried about cost? Mammograms are covered for women over age 40 under the health care reform law. More information here: http://1.usa.gov/159zd67 

You can make a difference also! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. 

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