No-cost breast cancer screenings being offered to women in Connecticut

(WTNH) — In conjunction with National Mammography Day, October 20th, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging women to schedule an appointment for a mammogram. No-cost screenings are available for Connecticut women who qualify.

The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 40,610 women in the United States will die this year from breast cancer and that almost 430 will be right here in Connecticut. These numbers warrant attention because when detected early, a woman’s chance of surviving breast cancer increases. Breast cancer screening exams can help detect the disease at its earliest stages of development, often resulting in less aggressive treatments and ultimately saving lives. In Connecticut, the incidence of breast cancer in women in 2009-2013 was 138 per 100,000 women – the third highest rate in the United States.

Residents who cannot afford regular mammograms may be eligible for free services. The Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Early Detection and Prevention Program (CEDPP) provides breast cancer screenings at locations throughout Connecticut for women with no or low income and who have no or limited health insurance. Some of those locations are in New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, New London, Middletown and Hartford.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women ages 50 to 74 to have a mammogram screening every two years. Women ages 40 to 49 years should discuss with their health care provider whether and how often they should get screened.

For more information about the no-cost breast cancer screenings and the locations where they are being offered, visit the CT Department of Public Health website.

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