Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Denise Johnson Medical Advisor and Lead Clinical Associate, Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program
In the United States, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

Facts: 
The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin getting screening mammograms at age 45.
About 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive cancer were estimated to be diagnosed in women in the US, along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer (www.breastcancer.org)

Regular Doctor Visits Helps 
Mammograms find cancer before a woman even notices a problem or change in her breast and although mammography is not without limitations it still remains the best test to find breast cancer.
Most mammogram providers now have 3 D mammography, which is covered by most health care insurance carriers.

Early Detection is Key 
Education is the key to saving the lives of women by informing them of the importance of early detection and the importance of getting their screening mammograms.

African American Women are at Higher Risk 
Racial disparities in the US are also a factor because White women have a higher incidence of being diagnosed with breast cancer; however, African American women are more likely to die from the disease when diagnosed.
Louisiana’s incidence and mortality rate for African American women diagnosed with breast cancer are higher than the national average.
Breast cancer when diagnosed in younger women ages 30-40 are of concern because they are often more aggressive and diagnosed at an advanced age. (https://www.ncbi.rim.nih.gov/Pmc/articles/Pmc2720764)
The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program under the (Louisiana Cancer Prevention umbrella) provides No-Cost Mammograms to low-income women who are income-eligible. For eligibility criteria and more information visit our website atLBCHP.ORG or call us at 1 888-599-1073

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