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Breast cancer is the second leading cancer cause of death for women in the United States, trailing only lung cancer.
While most people are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, statistics show the need for breast cancer awareness every month.
As a means of heightening monthly breast cancer awareness, the “Yes Ma’am” program, an initiative established in 1999, works in partnership with Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital to provide free mammograms. To date, over 2,000 women have benefitted from the program.
Women ages 40 to 64 without health insurance, those whose insurance does not cover screening mammograms or women who meet state low-income guidelines are eligible for a free screening mammogram provided by the “Yes Ma’am” program.
The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 at Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown, 23050 West Road.
Henry Ford Wyandotte OB/GYN resident physicians will provide breast examinations prior to the mammogram.
Results of the mammogram will be mailed to the women the following week. If further testing is needed, the “Yes Ma”am” program will cover the cost.
David Wolf, D.O., associate program director of the OB/GYN residency department at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, chairs the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health, which administers the “Yes, Ma’am” program.
In addition to free mammograms, the center also provides cancer comfort bags to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the Henry Ford Cancer Center in Brownstown Township and the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hematology and Oncology Center.
Although the number of deaths from breast cancer continues to decline due to early detection and improvements in treatment, 40,920 women are projected to die from breast cancer in 2018.
While deaths have declined, the number of women developing breast
cancer continues to rise. In fact, the American Cancer Society projects 266,100 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,900 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be detected in 2018. This is an average of 904 new cases and 175 deaths per day. One in every eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Women need to be aware of the risk factors affecting breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, family history of breast cancer doubles the risk of developing this disease. Additional risk factors include:
alcohol consumption, excess weight and physical inactivity.
A healthy lifestyle decreases the likelihood of developing the disease, while routine mammograms lead to early detection often resulting in more favorable outcomes.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammogram screening for women 45 to 54 and every two years for women 55 and older. Screening mammography is the best method for detecting breast
cancer early. The sooner breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate.
Currently, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., which underscores the importance of early detection and treatment.
Appointments are required and limited for the May 5 event. To determine if you qualify or to schedule an appointment, call 734-0246-9601.
This program will also be available in the fall at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.