Genesee County Health Department
Better Life Through Better Health
October 31, 2011
Dianna LaBonte, R.N., B.S.N.
Public Health Nurse Coordinator
Phone: (810) 237-4571
Re: National Breast Cancer
month and every month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Genesee County
Health Departmentís Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. Breast
cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer among women in
Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, in
2009, 1,406 women in Michigan died of breast cancer, of which 63 were
Genesee County residents. With regular screenings, breast cancer is more
likely to be detected at an early stage, when it is most treatable.
Mammography is one of the best tools available to detect breast cancer
early. A mammogram can detect breast cancer two years before a lump can be
felt. Yearly mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40. Clinical
breast exams are also recommended once a year starting at age 20 along with
monthly self breast exams.
The Genesee County Health
Departmentís Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) offers free
clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap smears to women 50
and older who qualify. The program may also assist with diagnostic services
if an abnormality is found. Medicaid may be provided to women enrolled in
BCCCP to assist with treatment when breast or cervical cancer is diagnosed
through the program. For more information or to see if you qualify, please
contact the Genesee County Health Department at 810-237-4545.