An ounce of prevention

Debbie Clarke has worked with several medical organizations on health awareness campaigns. From these campaigns she learned about the importance of regular mammograms and when women should begin getting them.

Breast cancer, if found early, is treatable. Regular mammograms and breast self-exams help detect changes in the breast before they can be felt. When breast changes are caught early, it ensures a woman has better outcomes.

Women 40 years and older should get regular mammogram’s. Clarke says, “Too many [women] die and continue to die from something that is fully and completely treatable. Every woman has something to contribute and if her light is snuffed out prematurely, we are poorer for not having her full contribution to us.”

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure every single time. If you know what is going on with your body, you have options. You can make intelligent decisions and choices and you can avoid a whole lot of heartache down the road,” says Clarke. “To take so little time to do something that means the difference between life and death, it’s a no brainer.”

Early detection saves lives.

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