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Be aware

One in eight women will get breast cancer. Early detection improves odds of survival.

Be vigilant

Women should have a clinical breast exam by a health care provider at least every three years beginning at age 20 — yearly if there's a family history of breast cancer. All women 40 and older should have a yearly clinical breast exam.

Women should get an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40. Yearly mammograms should begin earlier for women at higher risk of breast cancer.

Women should begin performing monthly breast self-exams beginning at age 20.

By the numbers

During 2013, 214 women and men in the Bloomington-Normal area were diagnosed with breast cancer. From 1998-2013, 2,382 people were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Help is available

Mammograms are performed at:

The Women's Center at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center (309-268-5705)

Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center (309-268-5705)

Gale Keeran Center for Women (309-452-9001)

OSF Medical Group-College Avenue Imaging Services (309-661-5160)

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (309-661-5160)

Financial assistance to cover the cost of a mammogram is available for women with no insurance coverage or for women who can't meet a high insurance deductible. More information is available at the Community Cancer Center, 309-451-8500.

Source: Jolene Clifford, Community Cancer Center

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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