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Healthcare professionals urge women over 40 to be screened for breast cancer

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Did you know one out of eight women will have breast cancer at some point in their life? It's Breast Cancer Awareness month, but Friday is National Mammography Day.

National Mammography Day is a day in which women are encouraged to get their yearly mammogram. One health care professional at Hannibal Regional Hospital says the technology used to screen for breast cancer has come a long way.


"It's fast, 15 minutes. We use the mammo-pad at our facility. Which has made a huge difference in the comfort of the mammogram. The base is not cold anymore. It doesn't jab you in the arms, it's just amazing the technology," said Julie Reid, a Radiological Technologist. 

Studies show breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women. More than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer each year.

Reid says when it comes to breast cancer early detection is key.

"And that's why starting at 40 and doing it routinely every year allows the radiologist to compare from year to year so they can see subtle finding changes. So that you can have your treatment start early, if that is what is indicated."

 

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