October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in recognition the Chautauqua County public health director is encouraging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.
Health director Christine Schuyler says great strides have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer and her department is urging women to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their fears and concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening.
When coupled with new treatment options, early stage diagnosis can significantly improve a woman’s chance of survival.
It is recommended that women between 50 and 74 years of age get a mammogram every two years. Other women, including those aged 40-and 49-years-old, or those with family histories or other risk factors for breast cancer, or who have any symptoms or changes in their breasts, should talk to their doctors about what screening schedule is right for them.
To find a Cancer Services Program Partnership in your community, or to locate a genetic counselor, legal services or breast cancer support program, call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) or visit www.health.ny.gov/cancerservicesprogram.