Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is, most women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.

This month there are four main activities the public can and should participate in to ensure that they are well prepared for any emergency or disaster.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if someone in your family has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms. If you are concerned about being able to cover the cost of screenings, The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP) is available to women in Barry and Eaton counties. This program provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to women across the state.

The BCCCNP is for women who...

  • Are aged 40-64
  • Have a limited household income (less than $30,150.00 for single women, less than $40,600.00 for a household of two, etc.)
  • Do not have health insurance or have health insurance but have co-pays, un-met deductibles, or other cost sharing

For more details about BCCCNP, Barry County residents can call (616)632-7283 or (888)515-1300 ext. 7283 and Eaton County residents can call (517)887-4364 or (877)221-6505 or visit www.barryeatonhealth.org

Early detection is the key to survival. Small steps like talking to health care providers about diet, activity levels, and getting recommended screenings can reduce women's risk for breast cancer. For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on October 2, 2017.