October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of this terrible disease and to make sure women are scheduling annual mammograms.  Essentia Health is making it easier by providing women the option of Saturday mammogram clinics in October.

 

They are offering the following Saturday mammography clinics, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in October:

  • Saturday, October 10
  • Saturday, October 17
  • Saturday, October 24
  • Saturday, October 31

These Saturday clinics are all being held at the Breast Center inside the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic First Street Building, located on the first floor at 420 E. First Street in Duluth. Appointments can be made by calling (218) 786-1019 and no referral is required.

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According to Essentia Health, routine screening mammograms can help detect breast cancer before symptoms appear. Diagnostic mammograms help identify cancer after you or your provider notice warning signs, such as a breast lump.

When breast cancer is caught early, it’s easier to treat. That’s why Essentia recommends women with an average risk of developing breast cancer get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. You and your doctor may decide that you need mammograms less often after you turn 75.

 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. says that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and while you can’t prevent cancer, it is important to be proactive about your health.

You can follow the link below to discover a wealth of information including helpful resources, self-exam instructions, free programs that are available, a variety of ways to get involved with the cause, and more.