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Preventing Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Facts

Investigators from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that mammography screening rates dropped nearly 4% from 2000 to 2005.”

  • Breast cancer prevention depends on early screening and awareness. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and DMS strongly recommends that all women practice the elements of good breast health.
  • Obtain a yearly screening mammogram starting at the age of 40
  • Obtain annual clinical breast exams: Perform monthly breast-self exams.
  • Obtain a risk assessment from a physician.

If detected early, breast cancer has a 5-year survival rate of over 95%. The mortality rate for breast cancer could decrease by 30% if all women over the age of 50 had a mammogram.

Patient Resources

American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345

Food and Drug

Komen Foundation: 800-462-9273

National Cancer Institute: 800-4CANCER 800-422-6237

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations: 888-806-2226

Y-ME Breast Cancer Advocacy Organization: 800-221-2141

Informational site about digital mammography:

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