Maine CDC Press Release

October 1, 2013

Maine CDC Reminds Women of the Importance of Mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

AUGUSTA – During 2013 it is estimated that more than 1,150 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 190 women will die from the disease. As October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds women that regular screening mammograms are critical in diagnosing and beginning treatment of the disease.

“While breast cancer is not preventable, early detection of the disease offers the best protection for women,’’ said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I encourage women to speak with their doctor about scheduling a mammogram. This simple screening helps to save lives.”

A screening mammogram can detect breast cancer early, even before symptoms arise. Women between ages 50 to 74 should have a screening mammogram every two years, while women age 40 to 49 should talk to their doctor about when and how often to have this screening.

The Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health and Colorectal Cancer Control Programs can provide information about cancer screening tests and has some resources available for free cancer screenings.

Women must be age 40 or older and meet financial and other program criteria. Interested women are encouraged to call 1-800-350-5180 or 1-207-287-8068; TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

More details can also be found at: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/bcp/.