Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday - Oct 06, 2011

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Women to Get a Mammogram for Early Detection

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) offers support of the State of Illinois' proclamation setting forth October 2011 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 21, 2011 as Mammography Day. A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer and early detection can result in successful treatment.

According to Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early detection through screening is the best defense against morbidity and mortality from breast cancer. Breast cancer is second to skin cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Breast cancer is second to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. The encouraging news is breast cancer is curable if found in the earliest stages. The 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer detected early is 98 percent. Mammograms can detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage, an average of 1 to 3 years before a woman can feel a lump.

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