NBC's Andrea Mitchell talks about the importance of screening
Sep 7, 2011
NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell recently discussed the importance of screening for women, which she can now speak from experience. She announced on air that she has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, according to MSNBC.
"I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week but instead discovered that I am now among the one in eight women - incredibly, one in eight - who've had breast cancer," Mitchell announced. "Mine was discovered during my annual screening just a short time ago. Lucky for me, I'm one of the fortunate ones. We discovered it in the earliest stage, it has not spread, and I'm already back at work with a terrific prognosis."
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once women turn 40 years old, they should start receiving annual mammograms. If they have an extensive family history of the breast cancer, then they may want to start making appointments earlier in order to catch the disease at its earliest stages.