BLUEFIELD, W.Va (WVVA) - October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month.' CDC statistics say that breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. In Virginia, nearly 1,500 cases were reported in 2017. In Virginia, more than 6,300 cases were reported.
Dr. Joe Baisden, a local radiation oncologist, says that screening is important because it saves lives, and it allows health professionals to detect cancer early. Combined with other screenings, it has saved 2.5 million lives in the past 30 years.
Dr. Baisden said the screening process is relatively simple and pain free.
"The patient has the (mammogram) which usually takes less than an hour in total and is only temporarily uncomfortable. Results are available in a few days," said Dr. Baisden.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease is the first leading cause of death. One out of every four people in the U.S. will die from cancer, according to CDC statistics.
To learn more about mammograms, self checks and female and male breast cancer, tune in to In Focus this Sunday Oct. 25 at 9 a.m.