Discounted Mammograms Offered to Women on National Mammography Day (dateline October 9, 2001)
Friday, October 19, 2001 has been designated National Mammography Day in the United States. On this day, more than 2,200 mammography facilities will offer discounted or free mammograms to help promote the importance of early breast cancer detection. Mammography, which involves taking special x-ray images of the breast, is currently the best exam to screen for breast cancer and detect the disease in early stages when the chances for successful treatment and survival are the greatest.
The American Cancer Society and several other organizations recommend that all women 40 years of age and older receive yearly screening mammograms. There are currently over 10,000 mammography facilities in the U.S. that are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition to yearly mammograms, all women should practice monthly breast self-exams and receive regular physician-performed clinical breast exams.
In 1993, President Clinton proclaimed National Mammography Day to be the third Friday of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month). In addition to this designated day, many mammography facilities offer discounts on screening mammograms throughout the month of October.
To learn which mammography facilities are participating in National Mammography Day and/or offering discounted mammograms throughout October, women are encouraged to contact one of the following organizations:
- American College of Radiology: 800.227.5463 or visit http://www.acr.org/
- American Cancer Society: 800.227.2345
- The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: 800.462.9273
- National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO): 888.80.NABCO (800.806.2220)
- Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization 800.221.2141
Presently, mammography is the only exam approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to screen for breast cancer in women with no symptoms of the disease, such as a breast lump.
Benefits of Mammography
If a breast abnormality is detected with screening mammography, additional breast imaging tests may be performed to confirm or further evaluate the abnormality. A breast biopsy may also be performed to remove and analyze a portion of the breast tissue to determine whether it contains cancer cells. When breast cancer is caught and treated while it is still confined to the breast ductsa type called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)the cure rate is close to 100%. The chances for successful treatment significantly decrease when breast cancer is not detected until advanced stages.
- To learn more about National Mammography Day, please visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website at http://www.nbcam.org/about_mammo_day.cfm
- To learn more about mammography, please visit http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/mammography.asp
- To locate a mammography facility by city, state, or zip code, please visit http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/mammo_locations.asp