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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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MEDFORD, Ore. – One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime during their life. The key to surviving the cancer is an early diagnosis, which is why October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

This month, health professionals are reminding you to do three things: Get an annual mammogram after turning forty, get annual clinical breast exams after age 20 and do a monthly self-exam.

Sherri Sexton spotted a change in her breast, which ultimately lead to a breast cancer diagnosis. In December of 2010, Sherri lost her husband. Just seven months later, as a widow, she found out she had breast cancer. She fought back and has been cancer-free for about ten months now, all because more than a year ago she called her doctor.

Asante Rogue Regional Women’s Imaging sees about 60 to 70 women a day for mammograms. Some are like Sherri, who detected a change themselves, others are getting their annual check, but it all boils down to that early detection.

Asante will be offering free clinical breast exams throughout the month. The first will be held at Medford Women’s Clinic on October 11th from 4 to 6 p.m. The second is in Grants Pass at Asante Women’s Imaging on October 17th from 1 to 4 p.m. You need to schedule your exam ahead of time call Asante Women’s imaging to do so.