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Free or Reduced Cost Mammograms Offered Across U.S. on National Mammography Day (dateline September 6, 2000)

October 20, 2000 has been designated National Mammography Day by the American College of Radiology (ACR). On the third Friday this October, many mammography facilities will be offering free or reduced-cost screening mammograms as part of breast cancer awareness month. To help detect breast cancer early when the chances for a complete cure are the greatest, all women should receive annual mammograms once they reach 40 years of age.

In 1999, over 2,200 ACR-accredited mammography facilities participated in National Mammography Day. This year on National Mammography Day, many mobile mammography units will also offer free or reduced cost mammograms. Although October 20, 2000 has been designated National Mammography Day, many mammography facilities will be offering discounts on screening mammograms throughout the month of October. There are currently over 10,000 ACR-accredited mammography facilities in the U.S.

To learn which mammography facilities are participating in National Mammography Day on October 20, 2000, women are encouraged to call one of the following organizations:

  • American Cancer Society: 1.800.227.2345
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: 1.800.462.9273
  • The National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO): 1.800.719.9154
  • Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization: 1.800.221.2141

Each of these organizations has been given a list of participating mammography facilities early in September and will keep this information on file through the end of October 2000.

National Mammography Day was created to help educate women about the importance of early breast cancer detection. The American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association all recommend that women begin receiving annual mammograms at age 40.

Guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer:
  • All women between 20 and 39 years of age should practice monthly breast self-exams and have a physician performed clinical breast exam at least every three years.
  • All women 40 years of age and older should have annual screening mammograms, practice monthly breast self-exams, and have yearly clinical breast exams.
  • Women with a family history of breast cancer or those who test positive for the BRCA1 (breast cancer gene 1) or BRCA2 (breast cancer gene 2) mutations may want to talk to their physicians about beginning annual screening mammograms earlier than age 40, as early as age 25 in some cases.

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