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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What to know

Posted at 1:46 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 14:46:47-04

WACO, TX — For the October 7 edition of Central Texas Living Ann Harder spoke with Dr. Michelle Manning, OB/GYN with Ascension Providence.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and one of the main goals of the month is to remind and encourage women to get a yearly screening. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer, but most women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early. The risk for breast cancer increases with age, most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50. And while having a family history of breast cancer raises your chances, about 85 percent of women diagnosed have no family history.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), recommend yearly screening mammography for all women beginning at age 40 and no later than age 50, but in some cases screening is recommended earlier.

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