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October is widely recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month; however, Ochsner Cancer Center Baton Rouge is putting a spin on that theme. “We are calling October Breast Self-Awareness Month,” said Dr. Burke “Jay” Brooks, chairman of Ochsner’s Baton Rouge hematology/oncology department. “The earlier breast cancer can be diagnosed, the more likely we’ll have a successful outcome.”
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S. Many experts say self-awareness is a key factor in early detection. This self-awareness can come in many forms.
“Being self-aware of risk factors, exams, screenings and wellness can go a long way in prevention and early detection,” added Dr. Brooks. “Screening mammograms are covered under all major insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. If you are of age for a mammogram, there really is no excuse not to get one annually.”
This year, according to American Cancer Society statistics, it's estimated in the U.S. that there will be:
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