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Central District Health Department wants to Paint Nebraska Pink

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Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the US will get breast cancer at some point.

According to the Central District Health Department, most women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early enough. Because of this, it is very important that women, and men, know what to look for.

Starting in their 20’s, women should do regular self exams. They should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel. If they notice any changes or have any questions, they should consult their doctor. It is also recommended that women in their 20’s and 30’s have a clinical breast exam every 3 years and at 40 and over, every year. Your doctor may recommend a different schedule depending on risk factors.

At the age of 40, it is recommended that all women have a conversation with their healthcare provider about when to get a mammogram. At age 50 all women should have a mammogram every 2 years even if they are in good health. A mammogram is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Your doctor will recommend how often you should have a mammogram.

The Central District Health Department want to spread the message about how important early detection is. They are challenging all individuals, groups and businesses to help us “Paint Nebraska Pink”.

To participate, just take a photo and use the #PaintNebraskaPink to post it on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CDHD_NE_GOV. Throughout the month we will be posting information about breast cancer so make sure you follow us. Our kick off group photo is on the top of our Facebook page.

If you feel that cost of screening is a barrier to you getting the services you need or you want to learn more about breast cancer screening and the Every Woman Matter Program, contact Central District Health Department by calling 308-385-5175.

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