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Coalition aims for breast health

This October, The Gorge Breast Health Coalition is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The goal and mission of the coalition is to increase awareness of and access to breast cancer screening.

About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

• If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

• Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every two years. You may choose to get mammograms earlier or to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer.

Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

All local area hospitals offer screening resources. Join coalition partners; Hood River Health Department, Klickitat County Health Department, Klickitat Valley Health, Mid-Columbia Medical Center, North Central Public Health, One Community Health, Providence Hood River Medical Center, Skyline Hospital and “Just Get It!”

For more information, contact a medical provider or visit: www.health

finder.gov.

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