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DOH-ORANGE PROMOTES EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

By DOH-Orange BCCEDP Coordinator

October 05, 2021

Contact:
DOH-Orange BCCEDP Coordinator

407-858-1421

 

ORLANDO, FL – During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Important advances have been made through increased awareness, breast cancer screenings and better treatments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, no matter a person’s race or ethnicity.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years. Women 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. Women can lower their breast cancer risk by:

  • Get and stay at a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Choose to breast-feed
  • Quit smoking and or vaping

The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost for those who meet the program eligibility requirements.

To see if you qualify, call DOH-Orange at 407-858-1421 or visit Orange.FloridaHealth.gov.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.