According to the Genesee County Health Department, not only this month, but every month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer among women in Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, in 2010 there were 1,513 deaths due to breast cancer, of which 66 were female Genesee County residents. With regular screenings, breast cancer is more likely to be detected at an early stage, when it is most treatable.

Mammography is one of the best tools to detect breast cancer early. A mammogram can detect breast cancer two years before a lump can be felt. Yearly mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40. Clinical breast exams are also recommended once a year starting at age 20 along with monthly self breast exams.

The Genesee County Health Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) offers free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams and pap smears to women 40 and older who qualify. The program may also assist with diagnostic services if an abnormality is found. Medicaid may be provided to women enrolled in BCCCP to assit with treatment when breast or cervical cancer is diagnosed through the program. For more information or to see if you qualify, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at (810) 237-4545.