Connecticut Recognizes National Mammography Day on October 16th
October 15, 2009


Governor M. Jodi Rell, a breast cancer survivor, is urging Connecticut women over the age of 40 to get a mammogram by taking a few minutes for test that could save their lives.


The Governor and the state Department of Public Health (DPH) are spreading the word today in honor National Mammography Day on Friday, October 16. It is recognized nationally to increase breast cancer awareness and promote mammography screenings


“I can attest to the importance of early detection,” said Governor Rell, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.  “This is a disease that can be overcome if it is caught early and that is why these screenings are vital. Please take the time to schedule a mammogram if you are a woman over 40 or encourage someone you love who is to do the same.”


The DPH reports that more than 500 women die in Connecticut each year from the disease, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the state. Nationally, more than 40,000 women die of breast cancer annually. According to the most recent statistics from the American Cancer Society, Connecticut has the third highest rate of new cases of breast cancer in the United States, although deaths related to breast cancer have decreased due to early detection.


The American Cancer Society recommends that all women aged 40 and older have a yearly mammogram, which can identify changes in the breast.  Mammogram screenings are X-ray exams used to detect the disease in women who may not complain of breast cancer symptoms.