PCHS radiology department promotes breast cancer awareness during October
By Jan Rahn
To raise awareness of the importance of screening for early detection of breast cancer, Perkins County Health Services is promoting mammogram testing during October, which is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The radiology department at PCHS urges testing for both women and men during this particular month of heightened awareness. Refreshments are being served on Tuesdays throughout October, and patients are receiving giveaways and educational materials.
Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women behind skin cancer. Nearly one in every eight women born today in the U.S. will get the disease at some point during her life, according to the American Cancer Society.
In 2012 it was predicted that an estimated 226,870 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.
In 2013 it is estimated that about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. It is predicted that about 64,640 new cases of the earliest form of breast cancer, non-invasive carcinoma, will be diagnosed.
Nearly 39,620 women are predicted to die from breast cancer during 2013.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer ‘death’ in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
Death rates have been declining since 1990. Currently, there are approximately 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
Women age 40 and older are encouraged to speak with their doctors about when to start the screening. Women ages 50-74 should get mammograms every two years or when recommended by their physician.
If found and treated early, many can survive.