Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Doctors push for early detection

ROANOKE, Va. – One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

A majority of them don’t have breast cancer in their family history.

That’s why doctors are pushing for early detection this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A specialist at LewisGale said there is an increase in women getting diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age.

We’re told facilities have lowered the age to start getting yearly mammograms to 40 years old.

“As a woman, it’s the best screening tool that we have to find early breast cancer so as a society we are very good at treating early breast cancer and a mammogram can find cancers well before we can see any signs of it or feel a lump,” Audrey Steier, physician’s assistant and breast specialist at LewisGale.

She said if you do have a family history of breast cancer, LewisGale has a high-risk program to help navigate and educate patients.

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