October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Connecticut Department of Public Health today issued a list of events occurring throughout the state during the month of October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please see the attached list.
The American Cancer Society estimates more than 41,000 women in the United States will die this year from breast cancer and that more than 450 will be right here in Connecticut. These numbers warrant attention because when detected early, a woman’s chance of surviving breast cancer increases. Breast cancer screening exams can help detect the disease at its earliest stages of development, often resulting in less aggressive treatments and ultimately saving lives.
“Mammograms are the best route to find breast cancer early, when it is relatively easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms”, said Lisa McCooey, the Director of DPH Comprehensive Cancer Program. “Getting screened regularly could save your life.”
DPH’s CT Early Detection and Prevention Program (CEDPP) screens 4,000 uninsured women annually. To date, 68,000 individual women have been screened, resulting in 146,173 clinical office visits; 103,965 mammograms, 102,232 pap tests and 9,553 HPV tests. Since 2015, CEDPP has detected 3,713 abnormal breast findings and diagnosed 91 women with cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women of all races and ethnicities. Connecticut ranks third in the nation for breast cancer screening rates in women 40 years and older (79.8%) which is higher than the national rate of 72.8%. The 2014 Connecticut incidence of breast cancer was 137.8 per 100,000 women – the second highest rate in the U.S. (U.S. rate 123.9/100,000). The 2014 Connecticut breast cancer mortality rate was 19.1 per 100,000 women – the 6th lowest rate in the U.S. (U.S. rate 20.5/100,000). These rates highlight the importance of detecting breast cancer early when treatments are more effective. [Source: statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov].
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oct 10. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: Windham High School, 355 High St, Willimantic. Time: 9a-1:45p
Oct 11. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: First Choice Center, 94 Connecticut Blvd, East Hartford. Time: 9a-1:45p.
Oct 12. 1st Annual Norwich Bulletin Masquerade Gala. Venue: Americas on the Wharf, 1 American Wharf, Norwich. Time: 6-9pm. Contact: 860.425.4224.
Oct 13. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St, Hartford Time: 9a-1:45p
20th Annual Night of Lite Laughter. Venue: The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford. Time: 8pm.
6th Annual Laura Beth Seder Memorial “Pink” Golf Tournament. Venue: Mohegan Sun Golf Club, Baltic. Contact: Backushospital.org/seder-golf.
Oct 15. Making Strides Walk. Venue: Lighthouse Point Park (Greater New Haven) and Sherwood Island State Park (Westport).
Oct 16. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: Bloomfield Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield. Time: 10a-2pm
Oct 17. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: Manchester Community Y, 78 North Main St, Manchester. Time: 9a-1:45p.
Hartford Healthcare Support Group. Venue: Midstate Medical Cancer Center Conf room, 435 Lewis Ave, Meriden. Time: 3:30p-4:30p. Contact: 203.694.8669.
Hartford Healthcare Support Group. Venue: Backus Hospital Medical Office Building Radiation Waiting Room, 330 Washington St, Norwich. Time: 4-5pm.
Komen New England Breast Cancer Symposium. Venue: 155 Temple St., New Haven. Time: 9a-1p. Contact: komennewengland.org/events.
Oct 18. Hartford Healthcare Support Group. Venue: The Hospital of Central CT Conf room A, 183 North Mountain Rd, New Britain. Time: 5:30-7pm. Contact: 860.696.4815.
PinkLink Free Mammograms. Venue: The Comprehensive Women’s Health Center at St. Francis Hospital, 114 Woodland St, Hartford. Time: 7a-7p. Contact: 860.969.6400.
Oct 19. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: Charter Oak Health Center, 21 Grand St, Hartford. Time: 9a-1:45p.
Hispanic Breast Cancer Support Group. Venue: Midstate Medical Cancer Center Conf room, 435 Lewis Ave, Meriden. Time: 6-7:30p. Contact: 203.694.8249.
Oct 22. Making Strides Walk. Venue: White Memorial Conservation Center (Litchfield), Rocky Neck State Park (East Lyme) and Seaside Park-Casino Bath House (Bridgeport).
Oct 23.Look Good Feel Better. Venue: UCONN Health Outpatient Pavilion, 4th Floor, Farmington. Time: 1-3p. Contact: 1.800.227.2345.
Look Good Feel Better. Venue: Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, Conf room A/B, 2nd Flr, 536 Saybrook Rd, Middletown. Time: 11a-1p.
Oct 26. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: SAMA Health Fair, Corner of Park & Hudson St, Hartford. Time: 9a-1:45p.
Oct 28. Panera Bread Spook-a-Thon. Venue: Dodd stadium, Norwich. Time: 10a-1p. Contact: events.eventease.com/spookathon.
Oct 29. Bushnell Park (greater Hartford) and Library Park (Greater Waterbury).
Oct 31. Take the Time Mobile Mammography Coach. Venue: Hispanic Health Council, 175 Main St, Hartford. Time: 9a-1:45p.