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Breast Cancer Awareness

By Noelda Lopez

October 01, 2020

Oct 1, 2020







Noelda Lopez, Public Information Specialist

Office: 352-589-6424, After Hours: 352-728-7662


Eustis, Fla. – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Over the last decade, survival rates have increased, however, early detection continues to be critically important.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women overall, and the leading cause in Hispanic women. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and 3/4th of diagnosed women will have no family history or any increased risk factors.” Said Dr. Meena Joseph, DOH-Lake Medical Director.  “With 300,00 new cases expected this year, early detection is of utmost importance. Finding breast cancer early, reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more​, and this is done with screening mammography beginning at age 40.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of breast cancer increases with age. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is more effective. Women should talk with their health care provider about individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms.


The CDC recommends regular mammograms and paying attention to the following changes in the look and feel of the breast, including:

  • A new lump in the breast;
  • A lump that has changed in size;
  • A change in the size and shape of the breast;
  • Pain in the breast or nipple that does not go away;
  • Flaky, red or swollen skin anywhere on the breast;
  • A nipple that is very tender or that begins to turn inward; and
  • Blood or any other type of fluid coming from the nipple that is not milk when nursing a baby.

The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements.

To see if you qualify, call DOH-Lake at 352-771-5500 or call the American Cancer Society National Hotline at 1-800-227-2345 to get more information on the program. 

Medicare insurance also provides mammograms to women age 65 and older without a copay. Please call 1-800-633-4227 for information on receiving mammograms through Medicare.

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Noelda Lopez

Public Information Specialist II-SES / HR Liaison Supervisor

Florida Department of Health in Lake County P.O. Box 1305 Tavares, FL 32778

Phone- 352-589-6424

Fax- 352-630-6091


Twitter: @FLHealthLake


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