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Save the Ta-tas!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Get checked!ASHEVILLE NC – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. We want people to know that a yearly checkup can save your life! In addition to a yearly exam by a healthcare professional, women should know the risk factors, early symptoms and signs of breast cancer as well as perform a monthly breast self-exam. When breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.*

What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?

Although you cannot prevent cancer, some habits that can help reduce your risk are:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Stay physically active
  3. Eat fruits and vegetables
  4. Do not smoke
  5. Limit alcohol consumption

Early Detection Saves Lives!

Find out how to do a monthly self-exam from your primary care physician. You can also find information on self-exams at www.nationalbreastcancer.org. Schedule a yearly check-up with your healthcare professional to make sure that there are no significant changes in your health that you might not be aware of. For a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider about breast cancer, click here: Questions for Your Doctor.

Get a Mammogram Somewhere!

Buncombe County Health and Human Services offers the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). BCCCP helps to save lives of women through early detection. The program provides free breast exams, PAP tests for cervical cancer, and mammograms for women who are 18 – 64 years of age who meet certain eligibility requirements. If you have questions about breast cancer, or want to find out if you are eligible to receive a life-saving screening, please call (828) 250-6006 or visit www.buncombecounty.org/pink.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. Simple choices such as becoming educated about breast cancer, frequent self-exams, and mammograms can save a life!

*according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


Breast Cancer Awareness RibbonWhat is the best early warning system for Breast Cancer? A mammogram every year, for every woman age 40 and older.

Thanks to advances in treatment and early detection, breast cancer death rates are falling – but the disease is still a major cause of death of American women. So if you’re a woman age 40 and up, it’s no time to skip your yearly mammogram, which can find cancer early when treatments are most successful. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, learn more…

Source: American Cancer Society

Go PINK This Friday

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 200 thousand people will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This Friday, October 26, Buncombe County Government employees are raising awareness by wearing pink.

Please joins and put on your pink (men – this means you, too), and help us spread breast cancer awareness!

Did you know…

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) at the Buncombe County Department of Health helps to save lives of women through early detection.  The program provides free breast exams, PAP tests for cervical cancer, and mammograms for women who:

  • are between the ages of 40 to 64
  • have little or no insurance and
  • meet certain eligibility requirements (Other women ages 18 to 39 may also be eligible)

For more information about the BCCCP, call (828) 250-6006.