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52 Weeks of
Public Health Campaign Spotlight: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Ky. (Oct. 5, 2017) – October is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second
leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Breast cancer awareness is
this week’s focus of the 52 Weeks of public health campaign from the
Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health
and Family Services (CHFS).
Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues for women
and their families,” said CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson.
"Thanks to early detection and innovative treatments, deaths from breast
cancer are steadily decreasing. All Kentucky women should talk to their
healthcare provider about breast cancer to ensure they are getting the
screenings they need for long-term health.”
does not prevent breast cancer, but early detection increases the
likelihood of successful treatment and potential to be cancer-free.
Breast cancer screening is done through clinical breast exams and
mammography. In addition, women should conduct self-examinations
monthly to identify any changes that might require clinical examination.
abnormal mammogram is the only way to detect breast cancer. As the
disease develops, warning signs may appear and include;
- A new lump, thickening,
or swelling in the breast or armpit;
or dimpling/orange peel appearance of the skin of the breast;
- Nipple changes- redness,
flaking, itching, crusting, discharge (including blood), pulling
- Changes in
size/shape/color of the breast; and
- Breast pain, not
attributed to monthly menstrual cycle.
factors contributing to breast cancer in women include:
- Having an immediate
family member who has been diagnosed with breast cancer prior to
- Personal history of
- Early menarche (before
age 12) and/or late menopause (after age 52);
- No pregnancies or first
pregnancy after age 30;
- Long-term hormone
replacement or oral contraceptive use;
- Radiation treatments to
the chest; and
- Being overweight.
screening mammograms can begin at age 40, but women with certain risk
factors may need to have one earlier,” concluded Joy Hoskins, director of
the Division of Women’s Health for DPH. "As a woman gets older, her risk
of getting breast cancer increases. Make October your month to get
screened for breast cancer.”
statistics estimate 1 in 8 women are at risk for developing breast cancer
during their lifetime. Since 1991, the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program (KWCSP) has performed over 318,228 screening mammograms, identifying at least
2,418 invasive breast cancers. KWCSP provides breast and cervical
screening as well as follow-up services, education, outreach, quality
assurance and surveillance services. Since 2002, the KWCSP has referred
more than 5,385 patients to the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services Breast
and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program for cancer treatment
services. KWCSP services are available around the state via the local
information is available at http://chfs.ky.gov/.
for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human
services and healthcare programs, including the Department for Medicaid
Services, the Department for Community Based Services the Department for
Public Health and the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and
Intellectual Disabilities. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state
government, with nearly 8,000 full- and part-time employees located
across the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.