During 2014, it is estimated that more than 1,200 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 190 women will die from the disease. As National Breast Cancer Awareness month winds down, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds women that regular screening mammograms are critical in diagnosing and beginning treatment of the disease.
Not all breast cancer is accompanied by a lump that is discovered during a breast exam, which is why a regular mammogram is so important. Women should enter into a personal discussion regarding their screening with their primary care physicians and decisions should be individualized.
A screening mammogram can detect breast cancer early, even before symptoms arise. Women between ages 50 to 74 should have a screening mammogram every two years, while women age 40 to 49 should talk to their doctor about when and how often to have this screening.
The Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health and Colorectal Cancer Control Programs can provide information about cancer screening tests and has some resources available for free cancer screenings.
Women must be age 40 or older and meet financial and other program criteria. Interested women are encouraged to call 1-800-350-5180 or 1-207-287-8068; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.
More details can also be found at: http://go.usa.gov/GF8R