National Mammography Day is every third Friday during October of each year. On this day, and for the entire month, we hope all women will make a mammography appointment. Since its creation, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has led efforts to promote and build breast cancer awareness and encourage women (and men) to take charge of their health. Yes, men are also at risk to get breast cancer. While we have made progress in growing awareness and seeking effective treatments, there is still so much more that must be done. Regular mammography screenings for women of certain age and risk groups are the most important step in early detection when treatment can be most effective.
National Mammography Day reminds everyone of the dedication to educating and empowering all women to take charge of their breast health. This is done by regularly practicing self-breast exams to look for any changes, scheduling regular doctor visits and getting mammograms every year.
What is a mammogram / mammography?
A mammogram is a special X-ray picture of the breast that your doctor uses to look for early signs of breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that most women who are at average risk and are 50 to 74 years old get one every 2 years. USPSTF recommendations state that women with a parent, sibling, or child with breast cancer are at a higher risk for breast cancer and may benefit from beginning screening in their 40s.
How can I learn more?
Get information and help on Cancer.net’s website
Breast Cancer – Things you should know – English (PDF file)
Cancer de Mama: Cosas que debe saber – Español (archivo PDF)
Watch the video below to learn about early signs and symptoms: