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A Mammogram for Mother's Day
A Mammogram for Mother's Day

Who Needs Flowers? Give Mom the Gift of More Birthdays this Year

Flowers, chocolates, breakfast in bed, but what about giving mom something really special this year? What about giving her More Birthdays?

Sunday is Mother's Day, as we celebrate the special women in our lives, the American Cancer Society is suggesting people talk to their moms this year about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.  While it may not sound like a traditional Mother's Day gift, having a simple conversation about getting tested could help save a life.

If you are 40 or older the American Cancer Society encourages you to get a mammogram. In addition, health advocates are urging all mom's to talk to their health care providers about getting screened for breast cancer and to better understand their personal risk for the disease. 

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death among women in Western New York State. Although the causes of breast cancer are still unknown, there are many factors including being a woman (men can also develop breast cancer), advancing age and family history that may increase a someone’s risk for breast cancer:

“Mammograms save lives!” says Kristina Thomson, interim vice president of cancer control for the American Cancer Society.  “Today, thanks to early detection and treatment advances, women are surviving breast cancer and living longer, healthier lives.”

“The bottom line is, nearly all breast cancers can be treated successfully if found early,” Thomson continues, “and the most effective way to detect breast cancer at an early, treatable stage is to have yearly mammograms starting at the age of 40 and to have regular clinical breast exams by a doctor or nurse.”

Although there are some risk factors for developing breast cancer that cannot be changed, such as family history, there are certain lifestyle changes that can curb a woman’s breast cancer risk. These include being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing alcohol use, and getting recommended cancer screenings.

For women without health insurance, there are resources available in Western New York that help facilitate low or no cost cancer screening.  The New York State Cancer Services Program offers free mammograms to uninsured women age 40 and older, and support to women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

To find out where to get a free or low-cost screening, please call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or the New York State Cancer Services Program at 1-866-422-CANCER (2262)

Additional Resources:
More Gift Ideas for Mom from The Hope Shop
Join the Choose You movement from the American Cancer Society
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