Female and 40? Make Time for Your Annual Mammogram

breast cancer awareness ribbon month pinkThe chance that a woman will develop invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about one in eight, according to the American Cancer Society.

Death rates for breast cancer have been declining since 1990, especially among women younger than 50, and the American Cancer Society says that’s the result of early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment.

Dr. Lisa Wichterman, a radiologist with Clinical Radiologists in Memorial’s Outpatient Imaging Center at Baylis, strongly encourages women in their 40s to receive an annual mammogram. You can hear more from her in this video from WICS Channel 20.

And don’t forget to attend Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the event go to the hospital’s mammography patient assistance fund.