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Health department urging women to get mammograms

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 11:32 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health and the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program remind women that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Women have a one-in-eight lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.

The American Cancer Society recommends that all women ages 40 and older get an annual screenings mammogram, along with an annual clinical breast exam, in combination with performing monthly breast self-exams.

A lump or mass is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Additional symptoms can include swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt); skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; and nipple discharge (other than breast milk).

Since 2007, McHenry County has offered free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women between the ages of 35 and 64 without health insurance through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, provided through state and federal funding.

To schedule a free mammogram, contact the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at 815-334-0232. It is located at 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake. 

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