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Breast Health Screening Saves Lives

That’s because today’s the day you have chosen to be screened for breast cancer, which is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health – and put your mind at ease.

Sure, thinking about breast cancer is scary. And breast cancer statistics certainly sound frightening.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 2,600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in South Carolina this year, and more than three hundred of those will be in the Spartanburg area. Half of these new diagnoses will be in women who are age 61 or younger.

And there’s more. Beginning at age 45, white women have the highest incidence of breast cancer. Before age 45, African-American women have the highest rate.

But the most disturbing news of all is that nearly half of women over 40 don’t have regular annual screening mammograms – the one tool that is proven to increase survival rates. The reasons are many: fear, anxiety, cost, lack of time, or transportation, or simply not understanding the importance of this life saving measure.

The good news is, when it is found and treated early, breast cancer has a very high rate of cure. That’s why Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health is here.

The more you know, the better you can protect yourself.

The first step toward preventing breast cancer is learning the facts and understanding your own unique risks. That’s why Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health focuses on educating women and their families on ways to take care of yourself and your health.

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