Health Experts Urge Breast Cancer ScreeningsBy Daniel Cherry | Published 18 Oct 2012 04:50pm |
More than four hundred Mississippi women die from breast cancer each year. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how health experts say early detection is key to surviving.
Mississippi women are diagnosed with breast cancer at rates similar to the rest of the nation, but they're much more likely to die from the cancer. Dr. Sophy Mangana is with the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Department of Radiation Oncology. She says women who forego regular screenings put themselves at a much greater risk of death.
"Detecting early potentially means that you will not have to have radiaition, and potentially means that you will not have to have chemotherapy as well. So you want to make sure that we detect it early. And also your chances of curing and your chances of living after getting breast cancer, if detected early, is higher."
Health experts urge women 40 and older to receive annual mammograms. When breast cancer is detected early, women have a 93 percent chance of surviving.
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