The Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital is reminding women of the importance of mammograms. Early diagnosis saves lives and a mammogram is the gold standard when screening for the disease, according to Dr. Heather Frimmer, director of breast imaging at the center and the Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women.

Women are urged to get annual mammograms starting at age 40. For details, call the Norwalk Radiology and Mammography Center at 203-838-4886. If finances are an issue, the Smilow Family Breast Health Center has programs to help with the cost of mammograms; call 203-852-2300.

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According to the American Cancer Society about 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide. One in 68 women in their 40s is at risk of developing breast cancer. The risk increases to 1 in 37 for women in their 50s.