October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection of breast cancer. While most women are aware that screening is an important part of their health care routine, heightened coverage during the month of October serves as a reminder to make an appointment and access these important services.

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women, affecting one in every eight women in the United States. As with most cancers, the best way to fight breast cancer is to find it early.

A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Starting at age 40, you should talk to your doctor about when to begin screenings.

For the full story, see the October 7 issue of the Montgomery Herald.