National Mammography Day

"As we get older our incidents of breast cancer will rise,"According to Kathleen Smith, NEA Mammographer.

She says 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer and mammograms are the most effective way to detect changes before they can be seen or felt.

Today is national mammography day and agencies like the Arkansas breastcare program sponsored free mammograms to women who are uninsured or underinsured.  For those who are leery of the exam smith says it's a painless procedure.

"We do have to apply compression to the breast and that's what most women are dreading, and it is uncomfortable, but it's not necessarily painful."

Holly Acebo, Director of Marketing says they try to make it a smooth process.

"It's very private like being in your own living room."

Smith says facilities like the NEA Breast Care Center are women's first line of defense of detecting breast cancer especially after they reach a certain age.  The first mammography serves as a guide line for yearly exams.

"Between the age of 35 and 40 they should get their first base line mammogram.  Breast self exams and a yearly mammograms after the age of forty is the best ways a woman can have piece of mind that she's taking care of her self and breast care."

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better your chances of survival.