Lt. Governor Sheila Simon encourages women to get a mammogram

By WEEK Producer

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Illinois' Lieutenant Governor is encouraging women to get their mammogram by getting her own.

Early detection offers the best protection from breast cancer and mammograms are the best tool for finding breast cancer early.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is a passionate advocate of the screening process.

She said despite the stigma that surrounds mammograms, the procedure is not painful at all.

"Just the slightest bit of discomfort and that’s about as bad as it gets,” Simon said.

"The compression part can be a little bit pressureful to the breast, but it's important that you have that compression on the breast for the radiologist to get a true reading of the skin tissue,” said technician Rachel Walters.

Physicians recommend a baseline mammogram for all women 35 years of age, with yearly mammograms for women 40 and older.

A mammogram takes about 10 minutes, and is now covered under the Affordable Care Act without co-pays in many health plans beginning in 2014.

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