Early Detection is Key to Saving Lives

Early Detection is Key to Saving Lives

The American Cancer Society predicts that breast cancer will affect over 180,000 women in the United States in the 2007. Although breast cancer is becoming more common, affecting about one out of every eight women, it is very treatable if found early. Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer, subsequently lowering the mortality rate. Because the Alliance for Women & Children recognizes how critical early detection is to women’s health, the Alliance Women’s Health Awareness Program provides free mammograms to women who qualify. To be eligible for this service, women must meet residency, income, age, insurance, and health guidelines. To see if you qualify, contact the Alliance for Women & Children at 325-677-5321.Among the new cases of breast cancer detected in 2007, approximately 20% of the women will not survive. Among African American women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Research has shown that breast cancer in African American women tends to be more aggressive. African American women have a 15% lower survival rate than Caucasian women and are more likely that any other group of women to die of breast cancer. “Early detection is the key to increasing the survival rate,” says Toni Brown, Alliance Women’s Health Program Director, “It is important that we not only educate women about the importance of regular screenings, but also provide a means for these screening is needed.”For more information contact: Toni Brown Alliance for Women & Children Phone: 677-5321 Fax: 325-677-5231 Web: www.AllianceForWomen&Children.org