Health officials remind women to schedule a screening on National Mammography Day

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2012, file photo, a radiologist compares an image from earlier, 2-D technology mammogram to the new 3-D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis mammography in Wichita Falls, Texas. The technology can detect much smaller cancers earlier. In guidelines published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, the American Cancer Society revised its advice on who should get mammograms and when, recommending annual screenings for women at age 45 instead of 40 and switching to every other year at age 55. The advice is for women at average risk for breast cancer. Doctors generally recommend more intensive screening for higher-risk women. (Torin Halsey/Times Record News via AP)
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2012, file photo, a radiologist compares an image from earlier, 2-D technology mammogram to the new 3-D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis mammography in Wichita Falls, Texas. The technology can detect much smaller cancers earlier. In guidelines published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, the American Cancer Society revised its advice on who should get mammograms and when, recommending annual screenings for women at age 45 instead of 40 and switching to every other year at age 55. The advice is for women at average risk for breast cancer. Doctors generally recommend more intensive screening for higher-risk women. (Torin Halsey/Times Record News via AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — To celebrate National Mammography Day, Connecticut’s Department of Public Health is reminding women to schedule a mammography, and is encouraging those who qualify to do so for free through the state’s Early Detection and Prevention Program.

October 21 is National Mammography Day, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health is urging women to schedule an appointment for a mammogram. Lisa McCooey, the Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Program says, “Mammograms are the best route to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Getting screened regularly could save your life.”

The department is also reminding women that they may qualify for free screenings and services through the Early Detection and Prevention Program (CEDPP). Women who have low income and who have no or limited health insurance can coordinate office visits, breast biopsies or ultrasounds, fine needle aspirations, pap tests, and colposcopies, in addition to screening and diagnostic mammograms. All of these services are offered free of charge through contracted providers statewide.

The DPH warns,

The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 41,000 women in the United States will die this year from breast cancer, 450 from Connecticut alone. These numbers warrant attention because when detected early, chances of surviving breast cancer increase. Breast cancer screening exams can help detect the cancer at its earliest stages, often resulting in less aggressive treatments and ultimately saving lives.

 

To find a program near you, visit the link above, or call (860) 509-7804.

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