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Minority Cancer Month - DMC Mammography

Early Detection Saves Lives.
April is Minority Health Month, and Minority Cancer Week. According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers. The causes of these inequalities are based on many factors, including one which is avoidable: late detection and treatment.

Don't Wait.
Women should begin receiving an annual mammogram at age 40. If you're 40 or older, and have never had a mammogram, schedule one today. If it's been a few years since your last mammogram, make the appointment. Take some time now to make sure you are doing everything you can to boost the odds in your favor.

Getting a Mammogram is Easy.
We know you're busy, so we've set up an online request form to save you time. Use the button on this page to open an online request form, where you can schedule a mammogram with the experts of the DMC, or call the DMC Health Access Center at 1-888-DMC-2500.

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Know the Facts.
  • In 2007, the cancer death rate for African American women was 16% higher than that of white women.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American Women, with an estimated 26,840 new cases of breast cancer in African American women in 2011.
  • The incidence rate for younger African American women (younger than age 45) was also higher.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among African American women, surpassed only by lung cancer.
  • An estimated 6,000+ deaths from breast cancer were expected to occur among African American women in 2011.
  • The breast cancer death rate in the state of Michigan is 33.8% - more than a third of cases, and the eleventh highest rate in the nation.
  • Factors that contribute to higher death rates among African American women include differences in access to and use of early detection and treatment.
  • Later stage cancer diagnosis among African American women has been largely attributed to lower frequency of mammograms, longer intervals between mammograms and lack of timely follow-up.
DMC wants to do something about these alarming numbers. Getting your annual mammogram is an easy process, and it can be the key to early detection. Detecting cancer early, before it enters into the later stages of development, greatly increases the chances of a better outcome.

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