In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day, the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is offering free one-on-one phone calls with cancer specialists on Wed., Oct. 20.
Griffin’s cancer experts will help individuals gain a better understanding of their personal breast cancer risk. Participants will benefit from trusted information to help them understand risk factors, explore lifestyle enhancements to lower risk, learn about benefits of early detection, discuss genetic testing options, and create a personal screening timeline. Participants will be able to make an appointment for a breast cancer test if needed.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. National Mammography Day is recognized on the third Friday in October and serves as a reminder that a mammogram is the best defense against breast cancer as it can detect cancer before there is any outward physical sign.
In addition to raising breast cancer awareness, this preventive health event is also part of Griffin’s commitment to help improve the health and well-being of its community. The 2019-20 Community Health Improvement Plan for the Naugatuck Valley reports that the premature death rate for breast cancer in the Valley has declined at a faster rate than the state overall. This is due in part to increased breast cancer screening throughout the area.
The American College of Radiology recommends annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk of developing breast cancer. This recommendation is based on maximizing proven benefits, which include a substantial reduction in breast cancer mortality due to regular screening and improved treatment options for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Appointment spaces are limited. Call 203-732-1280 to reserve your time to speak with a Griffin Health cancer expert or for more information.