Atrium Health PINK DAY: Breast cancer resources

Early detection saves lives

CHARLOTTE — Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Health professionals stress the importance of early detection. The 5-year survival rate of breast cancer cases that are diagnosed at a localized stage -- meaning there’s no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast -- is 99%, according to the NBCF.

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Mammograms can find signs of breast cancer early. Atrium Health has a list of locations across our area where you can make an appointment.

Anson County:

Atrium Health Anson

2301 US Highway 74 West, Wadesboro, NC 28170

704-994-4530

Cabarrus County:

Atrium Health Cabarrus Breast Health Center

1045 NorthEast Gateway Court, NE, Concord, NC 28025

704-403-1729

Cleveland County:

Atrium Health Cleveland Imaging

315 Weathers St., Shelby, NC 28150

980-487-4810

Gaston County:

Atrium Health Kings Mountain

706 West Kings St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086

980-487-4810

Lincoln County:

1) Atrium Health Lincoln

433 McAlister Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092

980-212-1400

2) Atrium Health Lincoln Imaging

275 Highway 16 North, Suite 201, Denver, NC 28037

980-212-1400

Mecklenburg County:

Call 704-442-4390 or schedule here.

Stanly County:

Atrium Health Stanly Breast Health Center

105 Yadkin St., Suite 201, Albemarle, NC 28001

704-403-1729

Union County:

Call 704-442-4390 or schedule here.

York County:

Call 704-442-4390 or schedule here.

There are several things you should know once you’ve scheduled your breast exam. You can find more information on how to prepare and what to expect during and after breast imaging or testing here.

Preventive care is key to beating breast cancer. Along with scheduling mammograms as recommended by their provider, women should perform monthly self-breast exams and have regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional.

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