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News Release

Health Department celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHITBY, ON October 01, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Durham Region Health Department is encouraging women 50 and over to get screened regularly for breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among females in Ontario,” explained Christine Gianoutsos, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Most cases of breast cancer are found in women 50 and older, and most women have no family history of the disease. Screening can help to find breast cancer earlier when there are more treatment options and an improved chance of survival.” In 2013, it is estimated that 1,950 women in Ontario died from breast cancer.

Women can be screened through the province-wide Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP). Average risk women, 50 to 74-years old, can be screened with mammography every two years. A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the breast that looks for tumors or breast changes. A mammogram can also find changes in the breast, even these changes are too small for your or your health care provider to feel or see.

Ms. Gianoutsos added that there are often no early warning symptoms of breast cancer. “This is why screening for breast cancer should be done when you feel healthy and have no symptoms.”

To learn more about breast screening and the OBSP, please call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

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For more information, please contact Health Department.