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"Great strides have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives," said
Dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. The new law required mammography providers to include the following notification in the summary of the mammography report provided to patients who are found to have dense tissue: "Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this information to talk to your doctor about your own risks for breast cancer. At that time, ask your doctor if more screening tests might be useful, based on your risk. A report of your results was sent to your physician."
* Breast Cancer Prevention - DOH administers a variety of programs and projects specific to breastfeeding; breastfeeding has been found to be a protective factor in the development of breast cancer. The programs and projects focus on one or more of the following strategies: Enact policies, regulations and laws to support and protect a woman's right to breastfeed; Increase Monitoring and Transparency of Infant Feeding; Support Implementation of promising practices through the translation of evidence-based research. * Early Detection - The Department's Cancer Services Program (CSP) oversees the delivery of comprehensive breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening services to eligible
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in
NYS has met the Healthy People 2020 objective of 81.1% of women aged 50 to 74 receiving breast cancer screening every two years, with 81.5 % of NYS women, aged 50-74, indicating that they have received a mammogram within the past two years. There are some subpopulations that are less likely to be screened. In NYS, women aged 40 to 74 years without health insurance are significantly less likely to have received a mammogram within the past two years (56.1%) compared to women aged 40 to 74 years with health insurance (79.6%).
More information about cancer screening can be found at the following website: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/screening/
Uninsured women should call NYSDOH Cancer Services Program at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) or visit www.health.ny.gov/cancerservicesprogram to find a free cancer screening in your community.For ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer, visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/breast/screening_and_prevention.htm
Breast Cancer Fact Sheet: http://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/cancer/registry/abouts/breast.htm
Information on Community Resources (Free Cancer Screenings)
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