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FOR RELEASE: October 16, 2003
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages women to celebrate good health by treating themselves to life-saving early detection practices. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we encourage all women to seek services for breast health.

According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. Research shows that breast cancer deaths could be reduced by 30 percent if women followed the recommended breast cancer screening guidelines that include a simple, three-step, early detection program:

  • monthly breast self-examination;
  • yearly clinical breast examination by a healthcare provider; and
  • annual mammogram beginning at age 40, or earlier if recommended by your doctor.

Learn the facts about breast cancer. The most important risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older, but young women can also develop breast cancer. The best protection against breast cancer is early detection. When breast cancer is found early, a woman’s chance of survival increases greatly. Learn your options in breast health and breast cancer; talk with your physician or health care provider today.

To help women “take charge” of their breast health, the OSDH Take Charge! program offers a free breast and cervical cancer screening program for low income/uninsured Oklahoma women between the ages of 50 to 64. For more information about the Take Charge! Program, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local county health department.

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