October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Regular breast cancer screening improves survival

The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties wants to spread the word that mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early when treatment may work best. Research shows that women who get screened regularly for breast cancer with a mammogram are more likely to find breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means these women are less likely to need surgery and chemotherapy and are more likely to be cured. Women who are at average risk for breast cancer and are ages 50 to 74 should get screened at least every two years.

In New York State, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. According to data from the 2020 New York State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, about 82% of females, ages 50 to 74, were screened for breast cancer within the past two years. This is a very good overall screening percentage. However, screening is much lower for women who do not have health insurance or who do not have a regular health care provider.

This is where the CSP may be able to help. If you are 50 or older and don’t have health insurance, call the CSP at 877-778-6857 to find out if you qualify for free breast cancer screening. The CSP strongly encourages anyone who is due or overdue for a mammogram to schedule one today.

Sincerely,

The staff at the Cancer Services Program of Steuben, Allegany,
Cattaraugus & Chautauqua Counties

432 Canisteo Street, Hornell NY  14843

[email protected] / 1-877-778-6857

*Supported with funds from the State of New York*
The following studies/ reports were used:
https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/cncr.31840

https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2017/07/breast-cancer-risk-assessment-and-screening-in-average-risk-women

https://health.ny.gov/statistics/brfss/reports/docs/2022-20_brfss_breast_cancer.pdf

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