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National Mammography Day (乳房X線検査の日)
yoko katz October 17, 2014

National Mammography Day (乳房X線検査の日)

Today is National Mammography Day!  Check your to-do list now and make an appointment for your annual check up. (or ask your wife or girlfriend to do it)   About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. (data source from BreastCancer.org) Mammograms can save your life.  It reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more! Don't be afraid.  It is fast procedure (20 minutes). Get the best quality you can.  If you have dense breast or are under age 50, try to get a digital mammogram. Mammography is our most powerful breast cancer detection. An unusual result does not always mean you have breast cancer. (I could not find the online version of the advertising I found on my local paper, I typed up some of the highlight!) Where can you get a mammography? National Cancer Institute (1-800-4-CANCER) American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345)   I never had my mammography until the time I discovered my cancer.  I was 36 years old.  I felt a lump on my breast and checked myself in for the very first mammography, "just to be safe."  It was unfortunate that I had cancer, but I am glad I did it then because it was caught early.  It can be scary, but with today's research and treatments, it is truly worth catching it early. 

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