Breast cancer awareness all year long
Nov 22, 2011
Even though breast cancer awareness month was October, many hospitals and doctors are still expressing the importance of awareness and making sure that women get screenings throughout the year, according to the Evening Telegraph.
There are a variety of reasons why someone schedules a screening or avoids it.
"It’s very common for women to be checked just for peace of mind," Dr Mohamad Hajaj, a radiologist, told the news source. "Sometimes they have the idea put in their head by a friend or by something they see on TV."
Those who don't are often scared that the procedure may hurt, but doctors advise that this is no excuse for those who are due for a breast cancer screening, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.