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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States and mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early

From the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County

By Mirna Chamorro

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. The DOH-Seminole Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings recommended by doctors. The  screenings are free or low cost for those who meet the program eligibility requirements.

“Keeping medical appointments and getting important screenings, such as a mammogram, can help women of all ages to prevent breast cancer and receive appropriate treatment when needed. Staying healthy throughout your life can help lower your risk factors,” said Donna Walsh, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society estimates 19,900 new cases and 3,040 deaths due to Female Breast Cancer are expected in Florida this year alone.

What should women do? Make “no excuses, ladies.” Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings.

Additionally, women can lower their risk as follows:

• Get and stay at a healthy weight
• Be physically active
• Limit or avoid alcohol
• Choose to breast-feed
• Quit smoking and or vaping

To see if you qualify or to make an appointment, call DOH-Seminole at (407) 665-3700 or (407) 665-3244. The BCCEDP serves Seminole and Lake counties. For more information visit http://Seminole.floridahealth.gov.

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

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