Provided by Prince William County
One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is about raising breast cancer awareness and reminding you to get your mammogram, especially if you have put it off due to the pandemic or other reasons.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says mammograms are still the best way to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. Early screening and early detection reduces death rates and dramatically increases survival.
According to the CDC:
- Each year in the U.S., about 42,000 women die from this disease and 500 men
- Annually, some 255,000 cases are diagnosed in women and 2,300 diagnosed in men
- Black women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than white women
Progress has been made in the fight against breast cancer and much more needs to be done, but early detection of the disease is critical.
According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 99% five-year survival rate if diagnosed early, but the survival rate drops to 28% if the cancer has spread.
The Prince William Health District (PWHD) helps provide low-cost or free mammograms and cervical cancer screening services to women (uninsured, low income) who qualify through the Every Woman’s Life program.
You may be eligible for this program if you meet these qualifications:
- If you are a woman between 40-64 years old (screenings)
- You are symptomatic and are a woman between 18-39 years old
- You live primarily in the Prince William Health District
- Your income is at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level
- You have absolutely no insurance (zero insurance)
For more information on the Every Woman’s Life program, please call 703-792-7301 or 703-792-6301.
For the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Frequently Asked Questions visit, nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-faqs/.