Maine CDC Press Release

October 17, 2007

Early Detection is the Best Protection For Breast Cancer

For more information, please contact
Selina McGlauflin, Health Educator
Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program
Phone: 207-287-5397 Fax: 207-287-4100

AUGUSTA – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Maine women of the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer.

According to DHHS’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 980 Maine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 30,224 women need breast and cervical cancer screening services based on health insurance coverage and income.

As the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. “It has been said that early detection is the best protection in the fight against breast cancer,’’ said Dora Ann Mills, MD, MPH, Director of the Maine CDC. “In Maine, a program exists to help women who meet certain requirements get the screening they need.”

To qualify for free mammograms and Pap tests, a woman must be between 40 and 64 years old; meet certain income guidelines; have no medical insurance (including MaineCare and Medicare Part B), or have insurance which does not cover screening services. The Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) and the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (MCCCP) recommend that women age 40 and older should have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every year. In addition, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women age 20-39 (without symptoms) receive a clinical breast exam at least every three years.

For more information or to see if you qualify for the free screenings, please call 1-800-350-5180 or 1-207-287-8068, TTY: 1-800-438-5514.

The Maine CDC provides leadership for and coordination of Maine's statewide comprehensive cancer control efforts. It is guided by the goals and objectives delineated in the Maine Cancer Plan. For more information about the plan, please call 1-207-287-4715 or visit http://www.MaineCancerConsortium.org .