Breast Cancer Awareness month

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 10/11/2012 9:24 am Published: 10/10/2012 10:41 pm

The color pink is all over Tulsa.

The color signifies October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is also a reminder for women to a get a mammogram plus a clinical breast exam. Doctors say the combination is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.

“On a scan we can see it ten years before you can feel it,” said Mammographer at OSU Medical Center, Shanna Bandy.

Bandy told FOX23 that she fields a lot of questions from anxious patients, but reinforces that mammogram is one of the most important things that women can do for their health.

“It could mean your life and that is literally a fact,” said Bandy.

Physicians recommend women over the age of 40 receive annual mammograms. Women under the age of 40 should perform monthly self breast exams and have routine clinical visits.

Diagnostic Radiologist at OSU Medical Center, Damon Brooks, said that mammograms are a screening process that can lead to early detection.

“The whole purpose of this is find small cancers before they get,” said Dr. Brooks.

According the American Cancer Society, in the United States an average of 112 women die of breast cancer every day.

Susan Sharp of Tulsa was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She credits her yearly mammogram for the early diagnosis.

“It saved my life,” said Susan.

Susan underwent a mastectomy, and although she says cancer will always be a part of who she is, she is thankful she is a survivor.

“It just makes you think about what’s really important and family is everything.”

Sunday says she hopes that others will take her advice and get a mammogram.

“The hardest part is making the phone call,” said Susan.

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