Early Detection Saves Lives

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

The South Health District is encouraging women and young adults to have their breasts checked regularly.

They recommend doing a self-breast exam monthly and having a clinical exam once a year.

More than 200,000 women every year are diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 40,000 of them will die from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Early detection saves lives everyday," said Courtney Sheeley, with the South Health District. " Women can also make sure they're living healthy, limiting their alcohol intake, knowing their family history is very important in case someone in their family has had cancer before."

For more information about breast exams and qualifying for a free mammogram, contact the South Health District at (229) 333-5257.

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