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HHS HealthBeat (November 17, 2011)

Spotting breast cancer early

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women, and the second-most common cause of cancer-related death in women. But if it’s spotted early, the chances of treating it successfully are better.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Lisa Richardson:

``The most effective method for detecting breast cancer is mammography. Breast cancer can be found up to three years before the cancer can be felt.’’  (7 seconds)

Dr. Richardson says women ages 50 to 74 should get a mammogram every two years, and women ages 40 to 49 should talk with their doctor. 

Richardson says women can do some things to decrease their risk of breast cancer, such as being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking alcohol in moderation if at all.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: November 17, 2011