Health officials stress importance of mammograms

About one in eight US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime which is why itâ??s so important to start getting mammograms at the recommended age.

According to health officials at Jefferson County Health Center, women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a clinical breast exam every three years with their physician.

It is also a good idea to start self breast exams in your 20â??s so that you can get a good idea of the feel and composure of your breast.

At age 40 is when you should start getting yearly mammograms.

â??Warning signs are any changes in your breast that you might see any swelling, any discharge, puss, inversion of the nipple, any discoloration that you might have, anything that might cause you a concern that you're breast makeup is different,â?? said Linda Marlay, Radiology Department Manager at Jefferson County Health Center.

This year, Jefferson County Health Center received a grant from the southeast Iowa affiliation of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for $22,300 that will pay for the Mammography Assistance Program and community education,

With the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Ottumwa this past weekend, part of the money raised will go towards these programs at Jefferson County Health Center.