A Matter of Health: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year.

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Statistics show breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the United States, with the average risk around 13% (or 1 in 8). More than 279,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the U.S. this year.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over many health discussions in 2020, doctors are reminding women to continue regular breast self-exams and get back on a regular mammogram routine.

Allina Health recently reported 13,000 mammograms were canceled between March and July due to the pandemic.

“It’s safe to return to your clinic for your annual mammogram,” said UCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio. “Mammograms save lives – catching breast cancer early through a screening is the best way to protect yourself.”

Doctors say women 40 and older should get annual mammograms; the screenings

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