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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. If you are at higher risk, ask your doctor when you should begin mammograms.

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

By the numbers

During 2014, 236 women in the Bloomington-Normal area were diagnosed with breast cancer. No men were diagnosed with breast cancer in the Twin Cities last year. From 1998 through 2014, 2,618 women and men were diagnosed with breast cancer locally.

Help is available

Mammograms are performed at:

The Women's Center at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center (800-323-8622)

Women's Imaging at Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center (800-323-8622)

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

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

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center College Avenue Imaging Services (309-664-3272)

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.

SOURCES: Becky Powell and Lisa Swanson, Community Cancer Center


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