This is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's disease that more and more women are now surviving thanks to early detection. Nancy Roher is Director of Virginia Mason Memorial Hospitals' Ohana Mammography Center who says women in their early 20s need to do self exams and have a mammography beginning at age 45 and then every year after that. She says there's a good reason for having the exams every year. "The Doctor can easily identify if something is going on if the Dr. has background mammograms."
Roher says breast cancer has become highly treatable with an increase in survivorship over the past ten years of 90 percent. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.