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Friday National Mammography Day

Friday, October 17 is National Mammography Day. Free or reduced-fee mammograms will be offered by over 1,200 radiology facilities around the country on Friday and throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Mammography Day is meant to educate women about the importance of finding breast cancer early, and how mammograms can help to achieve early detection. An estimated 180,200 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 44,000 will die from it. Regular mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by up to 30% for women over 50, and are recommended for all women over 40 by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American Colege of Radiology. To find a participating facility in your area, call the ACS at 1-800-227-2345, or the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations at 1-800-719-9154.

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Reuters - October 13, 1997