Breast Cancer Awareness – Start Early

According to Young Survival Coalition, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life. In the African American community, women under age 35 have rates of breast cancer two times the rates of Caucasian women and die at a rate three times higher. Researchers believe that limited access to quality health care may explain these disparities. Although scientists continue to investigate, research also shows that younger women are more likely to get more aggressive forms of breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to your health care provider. Clinical breast exam (CBE) are recommended every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s. Scheduling yearly mammograms are encouraged for women starting at age 40.

Make an appointment with your primary care provider to get screened for breast cancer. If you are in search of a primary care provider, Progressive Community Health Centers welcomes you and your family- whether you are insured, underinsured or uninsured. Call us at 414-953-8000.