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 PHOENIX (Oct. 10, 2013) — National Mammography Day is Oct. 18, and on this day, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Arizona Oncology reminds all women to make an appointment for a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast and the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. 

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, aside from skin cancer.  This year alone, it is estimated that nearly 230,480 women will be diagnosed and approximately 39,970 women will lose their lives to the disease.

Screening can identify women who may have breast cancer or pre-cancerous tissue changes that warrant further evaluation.  It can also detect breast cancer earlier in its development, which often can improve the effectiveness of treatment and prevent death. Recommended screening for breast cancer includes yearly mammograms for women starting at age 40, and a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older.

Women at increased risk (e.g. family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk with their healthcare provider about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests or having more frequent exams.  Women should also know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their healthcare providers.  Breast self-exam is an also option for women starting in their 20s.

Arizona Oncology plays a major role in helping women in Arizona Oncology and their families win the battle against breast cancer by providing easy access to a full range of advanced cancer care services in a setting that allows patients to remain close to their homes and their support network of family and friends. Through its affiliation with The US Oncology Network, Arizona Oncology also brings opportunities to participate in the ongoing clinical research and development some of the newest promising cancer therapies to patients.

About Arizona Oncology
Arizona Oncology is one of the largest medical groups in Arizona, with more than 50 practicing
physicians devoted exclusively to comprehensive, compassionate and high-quality cancer care to patients in several communities throughout the state, including: Chandler, Cottonwood, Deer Valley, Flagstaff, Glendale, Green Valley, Marana, Nogales, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Safford, Scottsdale, Sedona, Sierra Vista and Tucson.
Arizona Oncology believes it is beneficial to provide cancer therapies in a community setting close to patients' homes and support systems. The physicians are supported by a talented clinical team sensitive to the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information, visit

Arizona Oncology is united in healing with The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks focused on advancing cancer care in America. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, Arizona Oncology is united with approximately 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals nationwide. Arizona Oncology participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has helped to develop 43 FDA approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit

United In Healing
Arizona Oncology is united in healing with The US Oncology Network. The US Oncology Network unites one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks to expand patient access to high-quality care and advance the science of cancer care.  As a member of The US Oncology Network, physicians and clinicians at Arizona Oncology are united with more than 1,000 physicians and 10,000 cancer professionals from across the country.  For more information, visit or


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