Monday, October 29, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Rhetta McIff

Recent data from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department shows that many Taylorsville residents are being screened for Breast Cancer. However, Utah has a lower rate of mammogram screenings than the rest of the country. We can do better! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and an excellent time for women and men to schedule a screening.

Fast Facts:
Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is—
  • The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
  • The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
  • The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
Can Men Get Breast Cancer?
Men can get breast cancer. In men, breast cancer can happen at any age, but is most likely in men who are between 60 and 70 years old. Male breast cancer is not very common. For every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than 1 is in men.

Recent updates to screening guidelines suggest: 
  • Routine screening of average-risk women should begin at age 50, instead of age 40.
  • Routine screening should end at age 74.
  • Women should get screening mammograms every two years instead of every year.
Contact your physician to schedule a screening. If you need assistance to find a screening location or would like to see if you qualify for a free mammogram voucher click here or call Salt Lake Valley Health Department at 385-468-3718. 

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