(Santa Rosa Beach) – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. This year the SWFD is proud to participate in raising awareness to bring attention to the progress but also the memory of those lost to this disease.

 

All month long crews will be allowed to wear these special shirts as part of their daily uniform. The shirts were of no cost to the fire district and were actually designed by one of the SWFD officers, Lt. Tommy Thompson.

 

According to NBCAM, there are still women who do not take advantage of early detection at all and others who do not get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals. Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women, even though breast cancer risk increases with age.

 

· Hispanic women have fewer mammograms than Caucasian women and African American women.

 

· Women below poverty level are less likely than women at higher incomes to have had a mammogram within the past two years.

 

· Mammography use has increased for all groups except American Indians and Alaska Natives

 

For more information about NBCAM, please visit www.nbcam.org. For additional information, please call one of the following toll-free numbers: American Cancer Society,(800) 227-2345, National Cancer Institute (NCI), (800) 4-CANCER, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, (800) 221-2141.

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South Walton Fire District Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

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