House Resolution 991 designates October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, Cox said. Early detection is the best way to prevent death. As such, women are encouraged to undertake breast self-examinations and clinical breast examinations beginning in their 20s. At age 40, women should start yearly mammograms and continue for as long as they are in good health.
Women at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their physician about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests or having more frequent exams.
“If you cannot afford preventative screenings, the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program (HWP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings as part of an early detection program for eligible women,” Cox said.
For information, including eligibility guidelines, click here.