The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County (DOH-Gulf) recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and reminds women to take charge of their health by getting regular mammograms.
Oftentimes, in the beginning stages of breast cancer, lumps are too small to feel; signs and symptoms are not always present. A mammogram is often the best procedure for detecting breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. Women should talk to a licensed health care provider about when to get a mammogram and how often.
“The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County encourages women to take charge of their health by scheduling regular mammograms,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator, DOH-Gulf. “We offer screenings to uninsured women of low income who qualify through our Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Early protection is the best protection.”
The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides patient education and cancer prevention by breast mammograms and cervical cancer screens for uninsured women between the ages of 50-64 based on financial eligibility. The goal is to decrease death and morbidities from breast and cervical cancer. Medicaid assistance is available for patients diagnosed with cancer.
Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, although it is not very common.
“According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, it is estimated that nationally 2190 men will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer and 410 will die annually,” said Doloras Conroy, ARNP, DOH-Gulf.
For more information about the DOH Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, contact us contact the DOH-Gulf at (850) 227-1276. For more information about breast cancer in men, please visit the visit the National Cancer Institute's http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malebreast/patient.
For general information on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, visit www.cancer.gov/, the CDC’s site at www.cdc.gov/, or the Florida Cancer Data System at http://fcds.med.miami.edu/.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.