MINNEAPOLIS -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and being aware of your breast health is what Buddy Check 11 is all about.
So today, check yourself for signs of breast cancer by doing a self-exam and then call your buddy and remind her or him to do the same. Call your doctor right away with any concerns.
Also, if you are over age 40 be sure to schedule your annual mammogram.
While screening is very important, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says treatment has improved so much that while those who had mammograms had 10% lower risk of death, just a third of that was due to mammograms. The rest was attributed to improved breast cancer treatments.
Improvements in treatment wouldn't be possible without clinical trials.
There's a new nationwide clinical trial beginning at the University of Minnesota this month called the I-SPY 2 trial. It was profiled on KARE 11. The trial aims to shorten the amount of time it takes for new breast cancer drugs to get FDA approval. The key is getting a good number of breast cancer patients to participate. Those interested in participating can call the U of M Masonic Cancer Center at 612-624-2620.
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