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Breast Cancer….Get Screened! Breast Cancer awareness
Information from the American Cancer Society
Since 1989, breast cancer deaths have decreased in women under fifty. This is because treatments are increasingly effective and women are more aware about breast cancer and diagnosed earlier thanks to screening. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 8 US women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Know Your Risk! 
  • Most invasive breast cancers (those that have spread from where they started) are found in women age 55 and older.
  • Talk to your doctor about your family history; but be aware only 5-10% of breast cancers are considered hereditary.
  • Women and men experiencing changes in their breasts (lump, dimpling or puckering) need to speak with their doctor today. Men get breast cancer too.

Get Screened
Breast cancer screening recommendations change as research and screening technologies change. Your healthcare provider can help you determine your cancer risk and advise you about the best screening tests for you.

The following are the American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines:
  • Women ages 40 to 44 should be given the option to start annual breast cancer screening, including mammograms.
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women age 55 and older can continue with yearly mammograms or get them every 2 years, instead.
All women should discuss the above recommendations with their healthcare provider
Lower Your Risk!
  • Eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight. There is a link between obesity and breast cancer.
  • Walk, briskly 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours a week.
  • Decrease your alcohol consumption to less than 1 alcoholic drink a day.

Uninsured or Underinsured?
Cancer Services Program of Ontario, Seneca and Yates Counties may be able to assist you with free a mammogram and cancer diagnostic services: (315) 462-0602
New York State Cancer Services Program

For more information, visit the following sites:

National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society

Click here to order the National Breast Cancer Foundation's Free Breast Health Guide

Last updated 10/18/16