NH Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street – Hugh Gallen State Office Park
Concord, NH 03301
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October 18, 2011
October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Free Screenings Offered in New Hampshire to Eligible Women Concord, NH – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign organized by major breast cancer charities and other organizations to increase awareness and to stress the importance of early detection. The Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who meet recommended screening guidelines, live in New Hampshire, are between the ages of 18 and 64, are uninsured or underinsured, and have a limited income. The Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program would like to remind all women that October is a great time to schedule a mammogram. Since beginning screening services in 1997, the Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program has enrolled more than 22,000 women.
“The earlier breast cancer is found, the easier the course of treatment and more likely women are to have a good outcome,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “Women should talk with their health care provider to schedule regular mammograms as appropriate for their risk.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the most common cancer among adult women in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer among women. Breast cancer can be diagnosed early, when it is more likely curable. New Hampshire breast cancer screening rates are one of the highest in the U.S. In 2010, 83.2% of women in the State over the age of 50 reported having a mammogram within the past two years. That is a great achievement, as mammography can detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective; and consequently contributes to decline in mortality.
Many women are not aware that if they meet age and income criteria they can receive FREE breast and cervical cancer screenings in New Hampshire through the Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program. To determine if you or someone you know is be eligible, please call 1-800-852-3345, x4931 or visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/bccp/index.htm.