October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to take this opportunity to remind our supporters of the importance of screening for breast cancer. Among women in the United States, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer, and it is the second most common among cancer-related deaths. Fortunately, screening for breast cancer is readily available through mammograms and other tests. Screening regularly with a mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat, and having regular mammograms lowers your risk of dying from breast cancer.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer is estimated to be down by 29% to 36%. As the pandemic comes under control, it is essential that screening for these cancers resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Have you or a loved one postponed your mammogram due to the pandemic? Maybe now is the time to talk to your health care provider about scheduling your mammogram.
If you or someone you know is having a hard time paying for breast cancer screening, contact your local health department or visit the CDC for information about free or low-cost mammograms through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.