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Utah ranks among the lowest states for mammography screenings

Utah ranks among the lowest states for mammography screenings
Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 18:41:54-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ranks as one of the lowest in the nation when it comes to women getting mammograms, so the Utah Department of Health launched a new campaign called “Make the Time to Make Sure” to address some factors that contribute to the low rank.

Utah ranks 7th lowest in the nation, and experts say one reason is that women don’t have the support they need from family, friends, or co-workers.

The health department wants women to talk to their doctor about when they should get a mammogram.

“We tell women at age 40 to start having a conversation with your doctor about when to get mammograms,” said Brenda Nelson of the Utah Department of Health. “…it’s the best tool we have to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it’s the most treatable.”

Many of Utah’s local health departments offer free or low-cost screenings for those who don’t have health insurance. For more information about screening locations, click here.