Dalton (GA) – Public health departments in the North Georgia Health District counties of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield have placed special emphasis on the importance of early breast cancer detection as part of their recent Breast Cancer Prevention Awareness campaign.
Staff have demonstrated through printed materials, breast exams, discussions, photos (see below) and a proclamation that breast cancer treatment is most effective when the cancer has been diagnosed at an early stage and before it has spread to other parts of the body.
Typically, the focus is on women because nearly 40,000 women die of breast cancer annually.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your healthcare provider about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
For more information, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/Features/BreastCancerAwareness.
PUBLIC HEALTH STAFF WEAR PINK FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION