Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among American women. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends women to begin annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40. Additionally, you can perform a self-examination to check for any changes or abnormalities in your breast tissue. Early detection is key as it increases survival rates and can improve overall prognosis.
African American women are not diagnosed with breast cancer as often as white women, but because their cancer is often detected at a later stage, they are more likely to die from it. Cabarrus Health Alliance has several programs aiming to change these statistics. Please visit the links below to find out more information.
The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women.
To see if you are eligible for BCCCP, please contact our appointment line at 704-920-1205, option 3.
Breast Health Resources:
What is Breast cancer? https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/breast-cancer/about/what-is-breast-cancer.html
What is a mammogram? https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/mammograms.htm
Schedule a mammogram with Atrium Health https://atriumhealth.org/medical-services/prevention-wellness/schedule-your-mammogram
Breast self-examination https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/breast-exam/about/pac-20393237
Sisters in Partnership (SIP)
Sisters in Partnership is a program that aims to reach women in our community through education and support about breast cancer. Women often turn to one another for information, advice, and support about their health. The natural network of support that women share can be a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer.
Sisters in Partnership is an all-volunteer group of women who are seen as role models by other women in their communities. These women serve as community health advocates by educating other women about the important role of regular mammography, clinical breast exams, and breast self-examination in the early detection of breast cancer.
The services of Sisters in Partnership are free and available to anyone who would like to receive them. Volunteers are ready to make presentations, distribute literature, speak to groups, and visit and give support to women and their families with regards to breast cancer. Sisters in Partnership membership is open to all who have a concern for women’s health and well-being.
Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about SIP here - Independent Tribune Article
Click here to view the SIP brochure.
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