It's Breast Cancer Awareness month and doctors are urging Illinoisans to get regular check-ups.  Approximately 300,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. One in eight women is expected to have breast cancer in her lifetime.

Dr. Robert Mocharnuk, with the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says early detection is one of the keys to beating the disease.

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Dr. Mocharnuk says better drugs and better screenings help increase survival rates.  He recommends women have annual mammography screenings after age 40.  Insurance companies and Medicare are required to cover mammography screening for breast cancer.  Low-income women without insurance may qualify for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program.  For more information about the program, call 1-888-522-1282, or talk to your personal physician about breast cancer screening.

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