UNDATED (WHTC) -- October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this Friday, October 18th, is National Mammography Day. Female breast cancer incidence rates started to decrease in 2000 and the reason for the decrease is most likely due to earlier detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment. Pink Saturdays began in 2007 in southwest Michigan and more than 77-hundred free mammograms have been provided, with 37 women being diagnosed with breast cancer. There are a couple of places you can call to find out if free mammograms are available in your area. There is a statewide hotline, 800-922-MAMM or the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program at 800-CDC-INFO for assistance.
Story by: Diane E Coston