Health Watch -- Women's Health: Detecting Breast Cancer

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This week on Health Watch, we'll look at some issues particular to women's health. Breast cancer affects more than 200,000 women in America every year and kills more than 40,000. But with early detection, 95 percent of all breast cancers can be cured.

Dr. Phil Evans, director of the Southwestern Center for Breast Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says the key to early detection is annual mammograms. Most women should begin having mammograms at age 40. Women at high risk, such as those with a family history of breast cancer, should talk to their doctors about when they should begin having screening mammograms. Women whose mothers were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40 should begin screening mammograms at age 30.


February 2006

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