October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all of the new health insurance plans offer free preventive care, so take advantage of your free preventive mammogram in Santa Monica and visit your doctor in the month of October.

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“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment”.

At this time there are more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Accordingly to the American Cancer Society ‘s the most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States are for 2011:

* approx. 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

* approximately 39,520 will die from breast cancer

In the last decade breast cancer decreased approx 10%. Early detection through screening, improved treatment and also decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause contributed to the decline of breast cancer.

If you still on a grand fathered health insurance plan ( plans before the health care reformĀ  March 2011) , you might want to switch to the new plans and take advantage of the new affordable health insurance plans with free preventive care in Santa Monica.