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IL Lt. Gov Simon highlights importance of mammograms

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon highlighted on Friday the importance of receiving regular mammograms to detect breast cancer in its early stages.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to a news release, Lt. Gov. Simon visited Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. That is where she underwent a mammogram and urged all women to make their health a priority and seek proactive screenings.

“Studies show that as we get older, women are at an increased risk of breast cancer,” said Simon. “But this disease, which takes away so many of our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and aunts, can be preventable and treatable with an earlier warning. I'm urging all women to get screened.”

The American Cancer Society recommends all women age 40 and older have a mammogram every year to screen for breast cancer.

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