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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN COLLIER COUNTY OBSERVES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

By Breanna Johnson

October 25, 2022

Naples, Fla. — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program encourages all women to receive regular breast exams and mammogram screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States.2 The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 21,000 new cases will be diagnosed in Florida this year alone. In 2022, it is estimated that 3,150 women in Florida will die from breast cancer.1

Over the past ten years, breast cancer mortality rates in Florida have decreased by 14.8%.3 Early detection of any cancer is critical to supporting a long and healthy life. Breast cancer is no exception and getting routine screenings is vital to your health. Women are urged to talk to their health care provider about possible individual risk factors and the frequency of mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings.

The Florida Department of Health provides access to free or low-cost breast cancer screenings statewide to women who are uninsured or underinsured, have a low income, and meet the program eligibility requirements. For more information about the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program please visit MakeTimeForScreenTime.com.

Additionally, visit Florida Cancer Connect, a centralized resource hub for cancer patients, caregivers, and loved ones. Florida Cancer Connect provides tools to access a centralized resource of trusted information to help you and your family make informed decisions when it matters most.

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About the Florida Department of Health in Collier County

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County, nationally accredited as part of an Integrated Local Public Health Department System by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyCollier . For more information, please visit collier.floridahealth.gov/.

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1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm. (accessed 31 August 2022).

2 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2022. (https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org/#!/state/Florida)

3 Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. (Deaths From Breast Cancer Ten Year Report - Florida Health CHARTS | CHARTS (flhealthcharts.gov))