Breast Cancer: Early Detection
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October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this week on Health Watch, we’ll recognize the occasion by talking about this important topic. One major reason for this awareness month is to make sure women know about the importance of early detection.
Although breast cancer is a serious disease that kills nearly 40,000 women a year in the United States, it’s also one of the most survivable cancers if it’s detected early. Dr. Phil Evans, director of the Center for Breast Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the keys to early detection are monthly self-exams and annual mammograms for women older than 40. Women with risk factors such as relatives who have had breast cancer should talk to their doctors about beginning mammograms earlier. Women with breast implants also need mammograms, and experienced mammographers will know how to deal with implants.
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