Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
Breast Cancer Awareness
Do you see pink everywhere you look? Thatís because
October is breast cancer awareness month. Each year, more than 211,000
women in the United States learn they have breast cancer. Early
detection is key to survival.
Mammograms can detect tiny breast cancers before a woman or her doctor
can feel them and long before symptoms appear. The Genesee County Health
Department recommends yearly clinical breast exams and mammograms for
women age 40 and over and monthly breast self exams for women age 20 and
Research has shown that women with certain risk factors are more likely
to develop breast cancer than others. Common risk factors are:
Age: Approximately 82% of breast cancers occur in women age 50 and
Personal/Family History: Although 80% of women who develop breast cancer
have no family history of breast cancer, the risk increases for a woman
whose mother, sister, or daughter has had the disease.
Other risk factors: Obesity, physical inactivity, and drinking more than
two alcoholic beverages per day. Beginning menstruation before age 12.
Late menopause (after age 50). Never giving birth or having your first
child after age 30.
The Genesee County Health Departmentís Breast and Cervical Cancer
Screening Program offers free clinical breast exams, pelvic exams,
mammograms and Pap smears to women who qualify. Women must be age 40 and
over, and be uninsured, underinsured or income-qualified (e.g., 1 person
household with yearly income of $26,000 or less).
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the
Genesee County Health Department at (810) 237-4545 or visit us on the
web at www.gchd.us.