National Mammogram Day
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
October 18, 2013 3:22 PM
October is most commonly known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What you may not know is that Friday is National Mammogram Day.
Every third Friday in October is used as a day to remind women to get that yearly check-up. It’s recommended that women get a mammogram once a year, starting at age 40. Doctors say it’s possible to detect changes in a mammogram up to two years before anything can even be seen on the body, so early detection can be life-saving.
“A mammogram is going to take maybe 20 minutes out of your day. So it’s 20 minutes once a year out of your day to enhance your life,” said Avera McKennan Breast Imaging Navigator, Rhonda Engebretson.
The Avera McKennan Breast Center performs about 50 mammograms for women each day.