Special to Seniors Today
From the Department of Health, Daytona Beach website.
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Important advances have been made through in- creased awareness, breast cancer screenings, and better treatments.
“With early detection, a woman’s survival rate from breast cancer increases,” said Patricia Boswell, DOH-Volusia administrator. “That’s why breast self-exams are important. It starts with being familiar with how your breasts look and feel to help you notice symptoms such as lumps, pain, or changes in size that may be of concern. You should report any changes that you notice to your doctor or health care provider.”
In 2018, 2,955 women in Florida died from Female Breast Cancer. In Volusia County that year, 91 women died from breast cancer.
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, no matter a person’s race or ethnicity. The American Cancer Society estimates 19,130 new cases are ex- pected in Florida this year.
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 with the following:
The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low-cost for those who meet the program eligibility requirements. To see if you qualify, please call DOH-Volusia at 800.226.6110.
For more information on the program, please visit VolusiaHealth.com/mammo The program serves Flagler, Lake, Marion, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.