The City of Homestead and Florida International University (FIU) are raising awareness about the importance of mammogram breast screenings. Breast cancer currently ranks second in cancer fatalities for women, second only to lung cancer. The City of Homestead and FIU believe that the more information and resources they can provide to those who are at risk for breast cancer, the more lives can be saved.
In order to improve the detection and survival odds of women, the City of Homestead and FIU will connect with them in the community and connect them to resources for the prevention, screening, and treatment of breast cancer. The goal is to empower women to take charge of their breast health by scheduling an annual mammogram. Changing behaviors and increasing awareness of clinical breast exams, self-exams, and mammograms can save lives and detect cancer in time for treatment.
The City of Homestead and FIU are committed to supporting and increasing the number of women over 40, who do not have health insurance, to take advantage of free mammogram screenings. Awareness of the importance of mammogram breast screening can ultimately improve breast cancer screening and education for women with high-risk factors for the disease, including women between ages 40-49 years with a family history of breast cancer, women in medically underserved communities, women lacking health insurance, women with limited literacy, and women from minority groups that traditionally have lower rates of breast cancer screening.
One in eight women is expected to develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. As the second leading cause of cancer death among women, breast cancer awareness and early detection are essential. Even if there are no physical symptoms, regular mammograms must play a vital part in annual checkups.
Free Screenings will be conducted from 9 am to 4 pm at the following Homestead locations:
This is a Hy-Lo News Staff Report.