October 19, 2007 is National Mammography Day

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The 110th U.S. Congress Designates October 19, 2007 as National Mammography Day

The American Nurses Association (ANA) urges all women to get periodic mammograms on annual basis.

Early detection of breast cancer through screening, increased awareness, and improved treatment levels have lead to a decline in mortality. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2007, 3,000,000 women in the United States are living with breast cancer, about 2,300,000 have been diagnosed with the disease, and an estimated 1,000,000 do not yet know they have the disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

ANA’s Health Care Reform Agenda emphasizes “essential services” such as wellness, preventive care, along with patient education and management of chronic conditions and health problems across a full range of inpatient and outpatient settings for all citizens and residents. Download ANA’s Health Care Agenda below.