BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This month, CBS 42 and those involved in the fight against breast cancer will take advantage of the heightened awareness of the disease. According to the Center of Disease Control, other than skin cancer breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women. African-American women are advised by the American College of Radiology to have a breast cancer assessment by the age of 30 because of the high mortality rate found within their demographic for the disease.
Mammograms are the best way to find cancers early.
Veronica Wehby, Upchurch executive director and Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama said, “It’s estimated that nearly 4,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Alabama this year and nearly 700 of those women will die and we think that is unacceptable.”
Susan G. Komen has created the hashtag: #unacceptable and set a goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026.
Join CBS 42 this month for the local war on cancer half hour special report on October 18th as we examine new methods of detection, and treatment of breast cancer as well clinical trials happening right here in our community with our partners at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.