As part of its efforts to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness this month, the Westchester County Department of Health reminds women age 40 and older the importance of routine breast cancer screening.
“Each year approximately 1,000 women in Westchester County are diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Dr. Cheryl Archbald, Acting Commissioner of Health for Westchester County. “Early detection can improve a woman’s chances of survival from breast cancer.”
All women should have a clinical breast exam every three years, starting at age 20, and should have both a clinical breast exam and a mammogram every year, starting at age 40.
Women at high risk for breast cancer, based on their personal or family history, may need to get mammograms and breast cancer screening at earlier ages and more frequently.
All women also should practice breast self awareness, know what is normal for themselves and contact their healthcare provider if they notice:
· a lump, hardness or thickening in the breast tissue
· swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the skin around the breast
· a change in the size or shape of the breast
· dimpling or puckering of the skin around the breast
· an itchy, scaly sore, rash, discharge or other change to the appearance of the nipple
Women who are uninsured or underinsured can reach out to the Cancer Services Program of Westchester County for assistance with getting a breast exam and a mammogram.
For more information about cancer screening services, call the Westchester County Health Department at (914) 813-5000 or visit www.westchestergov.com/health
Pre-recorded information about the Cancer Services Program can be accessed anytime by calling (914) 813-5356.