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National Mammography Day: The importance of getting screened

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This year alone, breast cancer will affect nearly 230,000 people. That number is why the American Cancer Society has an important reminder for women.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but Friday, October 19 is National Mammography Day.

We spoke with the American Cancer Society's Jill Ireland on what every woman should know when it comes to getting screened.

Jill: Breast cancer will affect 1 in every 8 women during their lifetime. This year in South Dakota, approximately 600 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. It's important women get mammograms. It's the best defense at detecting breast cancer early when physical symptoms maybe haven't developed and treatment has the best chance for survival.

Reporter: The average age on getting a mammogram is 40 but if you have a family history you could get screened early.

Jill: If you have a family history talk to your physician because they could start you on another screening regimen but the American Cancer Society recommends that starting at age 40 and continue that as long as you're in good health.

If you or someone you know is concerned about paying for a mammogram, the American Cancer Society has resources to help. Call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org to find a program near you and additional resources.

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