National Mammography Day is a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month and is celebrated on the third Friday of October every year.
Mammograms are a hugely important aspect of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as millions of women across the globe are encouraged to attend Mammography screenings as part of the defence against developing breast cancer.
According to the CDC, cancer is the second biggest cause of death among Americans. Breast cancer is among the most common diagnosis in women, and screenings and exams are crucial for early detection and treatment.
What Is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a non-invasive procedure that is used to check for breast cancer in women, even if they have no signs or symptoms of the illness. The screenings involve a series of x-rays of each breast and are great for detecting tumors deep inside the breast tissue that cannot be felt.
Mammograms use very low dose x-rays, and are used after cancer has been detected, and even treated, to make sure that the cancer has been removed or is successfully in remission.
Why Do We Need National Mammography Day?
The goal of Mammography Day is to spread awareness of breast cancer screenings that help detect cancer and other medical problems associated with the breasts. You can celebrate the day by spreading awareness by social media, attending a mammography day virtual fundraiser, or organizing one yourself! However, the best thing you can do is attend or book a mammography screening for yourself, or support someone else to get access to screening.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women follow the national guidelines when it comes to breast cancer defence, the goal is to make sure that:
- All women aged 40 to 44 are given the choice to start annual breast cancer screening if they wish to do so.
- Women aged 45 to 55 have access to breast cancer screening every year
- Women over 55 should get screened every 2 years
- All women should have access to accurate and up-to-date information about breast cancer and associated risks and prevention.
Visit www.natcaf.org for more ways to get involved in National Mammogram Day and how you can give your support!