TOPPENISH About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives.
This October, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is stressing the importance of early detection during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.
“The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early,” Dr. Victoria Fox said.
Fox, an internist at Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic, said some women may need to begin regular screening before the age of 50.
“If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every two year,” Fox said.
Fox recommends talking to family health care providers about risks for breast cancer, especially if a close family member had breast or ovarian cancer.
Your provider can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms,” she added.