(WTNH) — We’ve got your back with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The disease affects thousands of people and their families and screening can be expensive.
In celebration of October being breast cancer awareness month the Connecticut Department of Public Health is encouraging all women ages 40 and over to get screened for breast cancer. It’s called the Connecticut early detection and prevention program.
All services are free of charge. There are eleven contracted provider sites throughout the state. Doctors say on average a woman should get a mammogram every two years, for women with a greater risk of cancer to make a plan with their doctor.
Lisa McCooey with the Department of Public Health says getting a mammogram is the best way to spot breast cancer early.
“Mammograms are the best route to find breast cancer early when it’s relatively easier to treat and it is big enough so you get the best possible outcome.”
In addition to mammograms, they offer a variety of free services. The offer breast exams, cervical screenings and cardiovascular screening through the Wise Women Program. There are eleven providers in the state that provides services to about 4,000 women.