Although we talk year-round about breast cancer and how your chance of beating the disease starts with early detection and annual mammograms, October Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to spotlight the disease that, besides skin cancer, is the most diagnosed cancer among American women.

Dr. Mindi Beahm, a board-certified general surgeon whose primary focus is surgery for benign and malignant breast disease, discusses screening guidelines for women at average risk—and just what breast cancer risk is all about.

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