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Minister appeals to women to get annual mammograms

Kim Wilson, the Health Minister, today encouraged all women in Bermuda to get annual mammograms.

Today marks National Mammography Day, and Ms Wilson said: “Today serves as a reminder of the importance of healthy breasts and the impact of breast cancer.”

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women worldwide and is the No 1 diagnosed cancer in women in Bermuda.

“One in eight women will develop breast cancer throughout her lifetime,” Ms Wilson added. “These are our family, friends and colleagues. We need to encourage women to take care of themselves.

“Regular screenings and quality care are essential to improving outcomes for breast cancer patients.”

She encouraged all women aged over 40 to get a yearly mammogram. Women who may be at a greater risk should get tested at a younger age.

“A mammogram is the first step in detecting breast cancer early and can reduce your risk of dying,” added Ms Wilson.

Why annual mammograms are necessary
  • They can detect breast density, as women with dense breasts can be at a higher risk of undetected cancer.
  • They can detect lumps in women’s breasts two to three years before women might feel them.
  • They are also used to to compare breast changes from year to year.
  • They are the best way to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable.

She also encouraged people to speak with their physicians about lowering their risk factors for the disease, know their family history and learn what tests are appropriate.

“We have more treatment options and a greater chance of survival when breast cancer is detected early,” she concluded.

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Published October 24, 2022 at 7:05 am (Updated October 24, 2022 at 7:05 am)

Minister appeals to women to get annual mammograms

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