Mammograms can help save lives

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Shari Lopatin
TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — In 2006, more than 110 women died every day — from one disease: breast cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the statistics are factual. However, here’s the kicker: That death rate is an improvement. 

The Susan G. Komen website states that in the past 35 years, the death rate from breast cancer has declined in white and Hispanic women. Unfortunately, the rate for black women has increased slightly. As screening programs have become more popular, more cases of breast cancer are caught early, making the cases more treatable. 

That screening boils down to one word: mammogram.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when women and their families come together and bring awareness to this deadly disease. As part of that mission, women can take action to lower the breast cancer death rate even more, by getting their mammograms. 

A woman who saves her life is doing it for others besides herself — her husband, children, siblings, friends and maybe even her parents. No one wants to bury a mom or child because of breast cancer.

The CDC says that mammograms, or X-rays of the breasts, are the best methods to detect breast cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat. For women 40 years or older, the CDC recommends having a mammogram every one to two years. 

Women who are Tricare beneficiaries can receive their mammograms at no-cost. Tricare covers one mammogram every 12 months, for women older than 39. If a woman is considered high-risk for breast cancer, she can begin receiving mammograms at 35 years old. 

So this October, don’t just wear the shirts or sport the pink ribbons. Take action. Get a mammogram. Help slow down the number of women that breast cancer claims each day. 

For healthy living tips, follow TriWest at www.facebook.com/triwest and www.twitter.com/triwest, or visit www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/.

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