Doctors urge women to get mammograms

West Virginia News

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This recognizes something many women go through. One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. Mammographers, like Mendy Stilwell at Princeton Community Hospital, work to catch breast cancer signs in women every day.

“Definitely the lump, or if she’s got some dimpling in the breast, and even some skin changes can even be a sign of breast cancer,” Stilwell said.

Doctors recommend to get your first mammogram between the ages of 24 and 40. After the age of 40, it is crucial to get a mammogram done yearly. But, Stilwell also encouraged women to examine themselves to help catch any possible signs of breast cancer.

“Once a month and generally staying on schedule you know whether it be the first of the month or the 15th or the last day of the month. I don’t know that we all do that very regular, but that’s what they encourage,” Stilwell said.

While women are encouraged more often to watch for breast cancer signs, it is also something men should watch as well.

“Occasionally we do see it in men, we actually do one or two men a month here. We haven’t seen too many cases of male breast cancer, but it is definitely out there,” Stilwell said.

It is recommended to see a physician or doctor whenever you notice something new or different in your body.

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