National Mammography Day (third Friday in October) is an awareness day that was proclaimed by President Bill Clinton back in 1993 to encourage women to get mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. Since breast cancer is by far the most common type of cancer in women and the second most deadly (after lung cancer), it is extremely important to get regular exams and mammograms. Treatment of breast cancer is very successful, especially when detected early.
At what age should I get a mammogram? The most recent recommendations recommend that women get their first mammogram at age 40 and then annually (some sources recommend every 2 years) until age 50. After age 50, mammograms are then recommended every two years. Of course, there are many variables such as past medical history and family history that may change those recommendations, so your doctor will update your recommendations, as necessary.
How much do mammograms cost? While mammograms do vary in cost from facility to facility, they are included as preventative health care under many health insurance plans, so they may be offered at no cost to women 40 and over if you have a participating health plan.
Where can I get a mammogram? Your doctor will advise you where to have your mammogram done. You can also check with the National Cancer Institute (1-800-4-CANCER), the American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345), or the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Detection Program (1-888-842-6355). 3D mammography is a newer technology now available which is said to improve the early detection of breast cancer.
How can my business promote this awareness campaign? Your business can give out breast cancer promotional items to promote National Mammography Day or for the entire month of October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Below are some suggested giveaways to help encourage women to get mammograms.