Article Contributed by
Cancer Services Program Coordinator
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and turns things pink during October. We see more community walks and events. Even the NFL gets on board with pink gloves, towels and socks. Let’s use this opportunity to increase our own awareness of breast cancer. Our program has a local website and can be viewed at www.chautauqua.ny.us/242/Cancer-Services-Program
In 2012, 103 people in Chautauqua County were newly diagnosed with breast cancer resulting in a rate of 152.7 per 100,000 people. That’s lower than the New York State average of 164.4 per 100,000, but our mortality rate is higher at 35.3 vs 26.3 for the state average. That means that more women are dying from breast cancer in our county when compared to the state average. Breast cancer is one of the most curable cancers if detected early. That’s why it’s so important to get routine breast cancer screening.
Breast cancer symptoms may not be the same for all men and women, so please, pay attention to what is normal for you. See your doctor if you notice any changes. Early detection and treatments for breast cancer have been shown to improve survival. What can you do? Know your risk, know what is normal for you, get screened, and make healthy lifestyles choices.
The Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program helps women, ages 40 to 64, obtain a clinical breast exam, mammogram or cervical cancer screening. Are you uninsured or do you have a high deductible that is keeping you from getting screened? Are you a woman under age 40 or a man who may need breast cancer diagnostic testing? We may be able to help. Call Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program at 800-506-9185 today. We also help men and women ages 50 to 64 obtain colon cancer screening.
You can call the NY Connects Helpline at (716) 753-4582, 363-4582 or 661-7582 or e-mail us at CCNYC@co.chautauqua.ny.us. NY Connects is the place to call to get connected to the help and resources you need. NY Connects assists people of all ages. NY Connects offers information and assistance services. It is confidential and free. You are welcome to visit us on site at 7 N. Erie St in the HRC government building. NY Connects is brought to you by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.