October 2012
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Breast Cancer Can Strike Young Women, Too!

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month! And this is just a reminder that even though we spend most of our time reminding women over 40 to be aware and get their mammograms, it’s important for younger to stay on top of their breast health as well:

Brandi McWade discovered an indentation on her breast and knew something was wrong. Without a job or health insurance, she turned to Planned Parenthood of Shasta Pacific’s Mill Valley health center. The doctor didn’t like what she saw and helped Brandi get specialized diagnostic tests.

Brandi soon learned she had Stage 2 breast cancer. She was just 27.

Just 5 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer every year are under 40, according to the American Cancer Society. But when it does occur in younger women, the cancer is often more aggressive and harder to treat. Brandi was lucky. She caught it early, and she is cancer-free today.

Women of all ages have more tools than ever to help detect breast cancer when it is most treatable. The Affordable Care Act requires preventive care – including breast health care – to be fully covered, without co-pays or deductibles. Women on new insurance plans are already receiving the benefit, and others will start getting it over the next couple of years.

New health care law will help all women

Have you had your mammogram this year? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

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