Getting a Mammogram

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Early detection is key to surviving this disease. Health experts at Paris Community Hospital recommend women get a baseline mammogram at 35 and then a mammogram every year beginning at age 40.

Each year it’s estimated that more than 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die, but if detected early, beast cancer has a more than 90 percent 5-year survival rate in stages 0, 1 and 2, although many woman live much longer than that. According to the American Cancer Society, if breast cancer is found in stage 3, the survival rate drops to 72% and falls to 22% if found in stage 4.  That’s why getting a regular mammogram is so important.

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