Chatham Health department raises awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Siler City, NC – The Chatham County Public Health Department continues its commitment to provide access to breast cancer screenings and educational opportunities for women in North Carolina.

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthAccording to North Carolina’s State Center for Health Statistics, 9,772 women in North Carolina will be diagnosed with and 1,391 will die of breast cancer in 2015. It is more important than ever that we spread the message that early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer saves lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the many women who survived, and remembering those lost.

The Chatham County Public Health Department will be putting the spotlight on breast cancer. Health department staff will be available to provide information and answer any questions you may have at the Goldston Old Fashioned Day on October 10, 2015. If your organization is interested in a breast cancer presentation, please call the health department at 919-742-5641 and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
Breast cancer remains the most frequently occurring cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths of women in North Carolina, but early diagnosis can make a difference. Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.

The Chatham County Public Health Department encourages all women to take charge of their health by going for regular screening to check a woman’s breasts for cancer before noticeable signs or symptoms are present. There are three main tests used to screen for breast cancer.

Breast self-exam is when you check your own breasts for lumps, swelling, changes in size or shape of the breast, and any other changes in the breast or underarm.

Clinical breast exam is a breast exam by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to carefully feel for lumps or other changes in the entire breast area.

Mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause other symptoms.

We urge every woman to talk with their healthcare provider about which screening is right for you.

The Chatham County Public Health Department along with many other local health departments offers free breast screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). To learn more about the NC BCCCP, visit www.bcccp.ncdhhs.gov or call 919-707-5300.