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Iowa Battles Breast Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

PHOTO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as women across Iowa are reminded that early detection can save lives. Photo credit: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr.
PHOTO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as women across Iowa are reminded that early detection can save lives. Photo credit: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr.
October 22, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's estimated that the chance of a woman developing breast cancer at some time in her life is about one in eight, and women across Iowa are being reminded of the importance of screenings.

Regular self exams or mammograms can help catch breast cancer early, bettering the odds of survival, but some women are getting checked less often than others. That includes individuals with disabilities or other chronic health conditions, said Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

"There are a lot of reasons, but I think one has to do with accessibility," she said. "Whether or not there are parking spaces. Whether or not the building is accessible - the equipment, the dressing room - particularly for those who use mobility devices."

Those with chronic health conditions or disabilities are more likely to be in poverty and can sometimes lose sight of the need to be checking for breast cancer "since they're already coping with so many issues," Harker said, "and I think another that we hear is that some health providers tend to focus on the disability and forget to treat the whole woman as a woman."

The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman get a mammogram every year from age 40 on. Those with risk factors such as a family history of breast cancer are urged to discuss the situation with their health provider even sooner.

In Iowa each year, more than 2,000 people are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, along with around 400 deaths. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

More information is online at kdph.state.ia.us. Iowa cancer statistics are at canceriowa.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - IA