There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. The best way to find breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are a woman age 50 years or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. I am urging men and women to get checked for Breast Cancer this month.
Last month I had a 1.5 lump removed from my right breast at the at Ourisman Center located at Georgetown University Hospital. It had been my second lump removal within a 5 year period. Despite being told my lump was found to be benign during a biopsy I still wanted to have it removed to be safe.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Make a commitment to get tested by National Mammography Day on October 17, 2011.
- Susan G. Komen Foundation Affiliate: Komen affiliates raise money to help local underserved women obtain breast health services. The affiliate will have a listing of organizations to which they have granted funding, so call to see what services might be available in your area. To locate your nearest affiliate, log onto the Komen Foundation Website.
- Planned Parenthood Clinics: Women can make an appointment for all types of low-cost or free health services, including breast health, with the clinic nearest them by calling 1-800-230-PLAN (800-230-7526).
- YWCA Encore Plus Programs: Services are provided on a sliding scale. Screening mammography is available to women 35 years and older who are medically underserved. Call 1-800-95-EPLUS (1-800-953-7587).
- CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Programs: Offer low-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams to women between the ages of 40-64. States are legally able to narrow the age range, so call your state to find out if you are eligible for this program. They may also have information about other facilities in their area for younger women. Call toll-free 1-888-842-6355 (select option 7) or log onto the above Web site for information specific to your area.
- National Cancer Institute offers extensive information.