October is not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but another life-saving awareness day also takes place this month. According to a Pekin Times article published on Oct. 14, 2013, the third Friday in October is National Mammography Day. This year's event takes place on Oct. 18, 2013.
National Mammography Day
United States President William Clinton proclaimed the first National Mammography Day back in 1993, an annual observance that encourages women across the country to schedule their annual mammogram. Mammograms, which are x-rays pictures of the breast, are used to help doctors find early signs of breast cancer.
According to a report by the American Cancer Society, while death rates from breast cancer in the U.S.A. have dropped 34 percent since 1990, it is estimated that over 230,000 new cases of “invasive breast cancer” will be diagnosed this year and nearly 40,000 American women will die from the disease. Men can also get breast cancer. It is estimated that 1,900 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed this year.
Screening and early detection saves lives. In honor of National Mammography Day, women across the nation are encouraged to schedule a mammography appointment. And just to make sure you don't forget, be sure to sign up for a free breast cancer screening reminder.