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      Breast Cancer Awareness

      This is Breast Cancer awareness month.

      The goal is to educate and empower women to take control of their breast health through regular mammograms and to raise funds for research.

      The American Cancer Society estimates more than 225,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.{} It is estimated that{}nearly 40,000 people{}will die from the disease.

      Early detection is key to survival.

      According to the Centers for Disease Control, regular mammograms are still the best tests physicians use to find early cases of breast cancer.

      In some situations breast cancer can be detected in mammograms up to three years, before a lump can be felt.

      Current guidelines suggest women should have mammograms every two years after the age of 50.{}{} After age 74, many experts say, there's no need, unless a woman is at high risk.

      If breast cancer runs in your family, your physician may suggest a mammogram before age 50 to get a base line.{}

      The best way to determine when you should get a mammogram is to talk with your doctor.