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FOR RELEASE: September 24, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Williams

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 in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer. 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
  • annual mammogram beginning at age 50, or earlier as recommended by your doctor

The OSDH offers Take Charge! a breast and cervical cancer screening program serving low income/uninsured Oklahoma women ages 35 to 64.

Learn the facts about breast cancer. The most important risk factors for breast cancer are age and being a woman. The best protection is early detection. Take Charge! of your breast and cervical health.

For more information about the Take Charge! Program, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local county health department.


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