Today is National Mammography Day. This day was set for the third Friday of each October by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer that affects women. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2009. That's a huge number, especially since it can be treated if caught early enough. Women over 40 should have a mammogram done every year. The ACS site has detailed information on what a mammogram is and how it's done. For more information on breast cancer in general, click here. These links have lots of information.
Thank you to my friend, Anita for bringing this day to my attention. I'm due for a mammogram myself. I was really nervous when I had it done for the first time, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. The photograph above courtesy of Free Stock Photos.