October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Modified: October 8, 2020 1:41pm

A mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer early, when it may be easier to treat. Regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. 

1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.  Nearly 16,000 New York State (NYS) women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and over 2,500 NYS women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends. 

The Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) is operated by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).  The mission of CSP is to ensure that ALL women have access to life-saving mammograms. CSP provides free breast screening with mammography, diagnostics, and access to treatment through a network of over 100 health care providers across Erie County, including many private practice locations.  Services are available to uninsured individuals, as well as those underinsured who may have a high deductible plan with unaffordable out of pocket costs.  

CSP ensures that all women are able to get critical breast cancer screening and the program does not stop at screening. If the screening test identifies an abnormal finding, CSP provide for further testing and guides clients through follow-up appointments. If treatment is needed, CSP helps eligible clients apply for New York State’s Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program. CSP supports clients by helping them get all the services they may need. 

Breast cancer is most commonly found in women 50 years old or older. Women ages 40–49 years old are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about when and how often they should receive a screening mammogram. Any woman who is at high risk for breast cancer may need to begin screening earlier. Any woman or man, who has symptoms or changes in their breasts, should schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider immediately. While very rare, it is possible for men to develop breast cancer. 

Anyone with questions about eligibility or other questions about Erie County’s Cancer Services Program can call 716-858-7376 or visit their website at erie.gov/cancerservices.

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Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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