October 24, 2022
Viera, Florida — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) encourages all women to have regular breast exams and mammograms to promote early detection and treatment. breast cancer.
“We help women develop healthy habits, and that includes regular breast exams and mammograms,” said Anita Stremmel, deputy director of DOH-Brevard. “Mammograms can detect tumors that are too small to feel. Early treatment is less expensive and offers a better chance of recovery.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.2 The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 21,000 new cases will be diagnosed in Florida this year alone. In 2022, an estimated 3,150 women in Florida will die from breast cancer.1
In 2019, the age-adjusted rate per 100,000 of female breast cancer incidence in Brevard was 119.4 compared to Florida at 128.4
More over the past 10 years, breast cancer death rates in Florida have declined by 14.8%3. Early detection of any cancer is essential to support a long and healthy life. Breast cancer is no exception and getting routine screenings is vital for your health. Women are encouraged to speak to their health care provider about possible individual risk factors and frequency of mammograms, as well as having all recommended mammograms..
The Florida Department of Health provides access to free or low-cost breast cancer screenings statewide for women who are uninsured or underinsured, low income, and who meet the criteria program eligibility. For more information on the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, please visit MakeTimeForScreenTime.com.
Also, visit Florida Cancer Connectiona centralized resource center for cancer patients, caregivers and their loved ones. Florida Cancer Connection provides tools to access a centralized resource of trusted information to help you and your family make informed decisions when it matters most.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, strives to protect, promote, and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county and community. To find resources in your area, contact your county health department.
1US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm. (accessed August 31, 2022).
2American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2022. (https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org/#!/state/Florida)
3Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. (10-Year Report on Breast Cancer Deaths – Florida Health CHARTS | CHARTS (flhealthcharts.gov))
4Florida Charts, “Female Breast Cancer Incidence,” Female Breast Cancer Incidence – Florida Health CHARTS – Florida Department of Health | CHARTS (flhealthcharts.gov). Consulted on 21/10/2022.