Miami-Dade County Florida Department of Health Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 28, 2021 – As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, the Florida Department of Health Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (Program) continues to encourage women to undergo regular screening 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.1 The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 20,000 new cases are expected to be identified in Florida this year alone. 2 In 2019, 3,183 of women in Florida died from breast cancer.3
Early detection of any cancer is essential for a long and healthy life. Breast cancer is no exception and getting routine screenings is essential to stay informed about your health.
Women should talk to their health care provider about possible individual risk factors and frequency of mammograms, as well as take recommended mammograms.
Through this essential program, the Florida Department of Health is providing access to free or low-cost breast cancer screenings statewide for women who may be uninsured or have low income.
Over the past decade, Florida breast cancer death rates have declined 8.7%, thanks to continued advances in screening and improved treatment.
For resources in Miami-Dade County, please contact the Miami-Dade County Florida Department of Health at 305-470-5634 or 305-324-2400.
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, strives to protect, promote and improve the health of all in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. .
For more information about the Florida Department of Health, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
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1 US 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 September 13, 2021.)
2 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2021. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2021.
3 Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Community Health Assessment. A set of resource tools for community health assessment. http://www.flhealthcharts.com/ChartsReports/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=Death.TenYrsRpt&cid=00
84. (Accessed September 13, 2021.)