Today Is National Mammography Day

Today Is National Mammography Day

Today Is National Mammography Day

Oct. 19 is National Mammography Day, the day when women are encouraged to go out and get themselves screened for breast cancer.

Published October 19, 2012

As you likely know by now, October is breast cancer awareness month and the third Friday of October — that's today — is National Mammography Day.

African-American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer, according to Their tumors often are found at a later, more advanced stage. So, there are fewer treatment options. Some other reasons for this may include not being able to get health care or not following up after getting abnormal test results.

This is why it is very important for women 40 years and older to get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. And when it comes to breast cancer screenings and Black women, there is some good news. The rates of African-American women getting mammograms has increased over the years, according to Susan G Komen for the Cure.

In 2010, 73 percent of both African-American and white women ages 50 to 74 had a mammogram within the past two years. Among women 40 and older, 66 percent of African-American women and 67 percent of white women had a mammogram.

So, get out there and get your girls checked. Contact these places for free or low-cost mammograms:

Local Susan G. Komen Foundation Affiliate

Planned Parenthood

CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Programs

American Cancer Society

Learn more about breast cancer and African-American women here.

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Written by BET-Staff


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