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Maine CDC Reminds Women of the Importance of Mammograms

October 13, 2015

Maine CDC Reminds Women of the Importance of Mammograms

AUGUSTA – During 2015, it is estimated that more than 1,000 Maine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 180 women will die from the disease. As National Breast Cancer Awareness month continues, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds women that regular screening mammograms are critical in diagnosing and beginning treatment of the disease.

“While breast cancer is not preventable, early detection of the disease is the best protection,’’ said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I encourage women to speak with their doctor about scheduling a mammogram. This simple screening helps to save lives.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society recommend an annual mammogram starting at age 40, and the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening every two years for women aged 50-74. Women with a mother or sister who have breast cancer may warrant testing earlier. Not all breast cancer can be felt as a lump on breast exam, which is why a regular mammogram is so important. A screening mammogram can detect breast cancer early, even before symptoms arise.

The Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program can provide information about cancer screening tests and has some resources available for free cancer screenings.

Women must be age 40 or older and meet financial and other program criteria. Interested women are encouraged to call 1-800-350-5180 or 1-207-287-8068; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

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