According to North Carolina’s State Center for Health Statistics, 9,772 women in North Carolina will be
diagnosed with and 1,391 will die of breast cancer in 2015. It is more important than ever that we spread the message that
early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer saves lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM),
dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the
many women who survived, and remembering those lost.
Caldwell County Health Department will be putting the spotlight on breast cancer throughout the month. On October 21,
2015, health education staff will be discussing the importance of breast cancer awareness at Caldwell County Health
Department from 2:00-3:00pm in the main lobby. Caldwell County is also participating in the Susan G. Komen race for
the cure on October 24, located at Lenoir Rhyne University.
Breast cancer remains the most frequently occurring cancer in women and is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths of
women in North Carolina, but early diagnosis can make a difference. Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat
breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.
Caldwell County Health Department encourages all women to take charge of their health by going for regular breast
screenings. Regular screening tests for breast cancer, such as an annual mammogram or clinical breast exam during your
annual checkup, allow you and your doctor to ensure your breasts are as healthy as they can be. Breast screenings
check a woman’s breasts for cancer before noticeable signs or symptoms are present.
There are three main tests used to screen for breast cancer:
Breast self-exam is when you check your own breasts for lumps, swelling, changes in size or shape of the breast,
and any other changes in the breast or underarm.
Clinical breast exam is a breast exam by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to carefully feel for lumps
or other changes in the entire breast area.
Mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is
easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause other symptoms.
We urge every woman to talk with their healthcare provider about which screening is right for you.
Many local health departments offer free breast screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through
the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). Contact Caldwell County Health Department
BCCCP coordinator at (828)426-8435 for additional information. To learn more about the NC BCCCP, visit
For more information contact the Caldwell County Health Department at (828)426-8506; firstname.lastname@example.org