October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is important that we continue bringing attention to a disease that affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. Across the nation, the five-year survival rate for Stage 4 breast cancer is 25.9 percent but when breast cancer is diagnosed early the five year survival rate increases to 98.6 percent. Breast cancer screenings quite literally save lives, so it is important to get timely medical check-ups.
Last year in Connecticut, the Department of Public Health recognized Mammography Day and encouraged women to schedule their annual mammogram. Free mammograms are available for underserved women across cities in Connecticut including Bridgeport, Danbury, Farming, and Hartford. Take a look at all free mammogram services available at: www.freemammograms.org/state/connecticut.
You can also make online donations to help support Breast Cancer research and and education in Connecticut at: www.ctbhi.org/donate.
To learn more, go to the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative at www.ctbhi.org.
All statistics sourced from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative at https://www.ctbhi.org/about-us/breast-cancer-statistics.