October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are celebrating two decades of advances in awareness, education, and survival rates. Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but regular monthly breast self-exams and yearly mammograms can aid in early detection, significantly increasing the chances of survival.

You are never too young to start screening for breast cancer. Researchers have found that 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years. National Mammography Day is the third Friday in October each year and will be observed on October 17 this year. On this day, many radiologists provide discounted or free mammogram screenings.

Low income, uninsured and underserved women can determine eligibility for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program on GovBenefits.gov. This program helps women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers.

In addition to the health programs found on GovBenefits, you can learn more about the disease, treatments and prevention by visiting The National Cancer Institute. You can also help raise awareness by getting involved with The American Cancer Society?s Relay for Life, joining people all across the country to raise money for cancer research. Thanks to amplified awareness and improved early detection techniques, you have the chance to change your future.