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Health and Wellness

Myth: I don’t have to worry about getting breast cancer, I don’t have any of the risk factors.
Fact: Just being a woman and getting older are the greatest risk factors for breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and 70% of women with breast cancer have no known risk factors.

Myth: If I get breast cancer, I’ll die from it.
Fact: 96% of women will live for five years or more if their breast cancer is found at its earliest stage. A mammogram can find breast cancer at its earliest stage. A mammogram can find breast cancer early, before it can be felt. Screening mammography has been shown to reduce deaths from breast cancer by 20% to 39% among women aged 50 years or older.

Myth: I can’t afford to have a mammogram.
Fact: If you have Medicare and are a woman aged 40 and older, Medicare will hep pay for you to have a mammogram once every twelve months. You do not have to meet a deductible first, and your co-payment is only about $15 to $25. Most insurance companies help pay for mammograms. If you don’t have health insurance, often the American Cancer Society can help. Call 1-800-ACS-2345.

Myth: All women have an equal risk of getting breast cancer and dying from it.
Fact: There are differences in rates of detection and survival outcomes between women of different races. Although Caucasian women have a higher incidence of getting breast cancer, African American women with breast cancer are more likely to die from it. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for African American women aged 30-54. African American women die from breast cancer at twice the rate of white women.

Prayer: Healing God, you have blessed us with technology, skilled professionals and a yearning for wholeness. May we accept your gifts and use them so that we might live... and live abundantly. Amen.

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