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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in New York State. Each year, approximately 15,000 women in NYS are newly diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 2,600 women die from the disease. This October 25, Schuyler County Public Health and Schuyler Hospital are asking people to wear pink to increase awareness of breast cancer and remind people to get screened.
Getting screened helps catch breast cancer early when it is easier to successfully treat. Current guidelines suggest that women age 50 to 74 get a mammogram every two years. In Schuyler County, only 69.9% of women in this age group have gotten screened according to these guidelines. This is lower than the screening rate for the overall Finger Lakes (82.4%) and New York State (80.9%). Women age 40 to 49, those with a family history or other risk factors for breast cancer, and those who have any breast changes or other symptoms should talk to their health care provider about what screening schedule is right for them. Although breast cancer screening recommendations may vary between organizations, each woman should be aware of her personal risk for breast cancer and decide, with her health care provider, when to start screening.
Women can get screened for breast cancer by:
Additional tips for women to help to protect against breast cancer: