Local Experts Urge Action On National Mammography Day

1 out of 8 woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the US

Melinda Roeder
October 19, 2018 - 2:29 pm

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(Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Friday is National Mammography Day and local medical experts are urging women to take action. 

Doctors at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital have been hosting events throughout October to raise awareness about breast health and ways to reduce their risk of breast cancer.  Dr. Rita Zuley says it’s the most common form of cancer women battle.

“Women in this country are diagnosed at the rate of 1 out of every 8 women over their lifetime.”

Dr. Zuley recommends women over the age of 40 get a 3D mammogram every year.  Patients with a family history of breast or ovarian cancers should talk to their doctors about more frequent screening.

“What we want to do is find it as early as possible to improve chances of survival, but also decrease the treatment, which can be expensive and difficult to tolerate at advanced stage.”

UPMC is especially trying to raise awareness among African-American in the Pittsburgh area.  Dr. Zuley says they are hosting educational sessions and there is grant funding for these women to cover everything from mammograms to transportation costs.

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