Gagan Kaur, Cancer Control Strategist Partnerships Manager for American Cancer Society, says there are two main risk factors for breast cancer: being a female and old age.
In Utah, 1780 women get diagnosed every year and 290 of them will die.
The best way to protect yourself is through mammograms. The American Cancer Society recommends to get screened as early as 40 years old, but especially between the ages of 45 and 54 women should be screened annually. After 55, women should talk to their doctor about risk factors and how often they should be screened.
Joelle Fierro, Communications and Media Coordinator, Utah Department of Health, says they have a great program that creates access to mammograms. There are free mammograms available to women 40 and older who may not have insurance or who may be underinsured with a high deductible. You can call 1-800-717-1811 or visit cancerutah.org for more information.
Even during COVID-19, it's safe to get screened, so don't put it off because of the pandemic.
Remember, you are invited to take part in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Utah activities October 17-24, 2020. Join them and donate at MakingStridesinUtah.org.