Florida Department of Health in Walton County Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 26, 2022
Patti Roberts, PIO
DeFuniak Springs — In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program in Walton County encourages all women to receive regular breast exams and mammogram screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States.2The American Cancer Society estimates nearly 21,000 new cases will be diagnosed in Florida this year alone. In 2022, it is estimated that 3,150 women in Florida will die from breast cancer.1 From 2018 to 2020, there were 35 women that died from breast cancer in Walton County. Walton County is in the fourth quartile for the rate of deaths from breast cancer.3 This means that relative to other counties in Florida, deaths from breast cancer occurs more often in Walton County compared to the other counties in Florida based when comparing rates. Over the past ten years, breast cancer mortality rates in Florida have decreased by 14.8%3. Early detection of any cancer is critical to supporting a long and healthy life. Breast cancer is no exception and getting routine screenings is vital to your health. Women are urged to talk to their health care provider about possible individual risk factors and the frequency of mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings.
The Florida Department of Health provides access to free or low-cost breast cancer screenings statewide to women who are uninsured or underinsured, have a low income, and meet the program eligibility requirements. For more information about the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program please visit MakeTimeForScreenTime.com.
Additionally, visit Florida Cancer Connect, a centralized resource hub for cancer patients, caregivers, and loved ones. Florida Cancer Connect provides tools to access a centralized resource of trusted information to help you and your family make informed decisions when it matters most.
On October 11, 2022, DOH-Walton sponsored Wear Pink Night at the Walton County Fair. Staff promoted the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and provided education and community resources to assist in routine screenings.
About the Florida Department of Health
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1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm. (accessed 31 August 2022).
2 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2022. (https://cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org/#!/state/Florida)
3 Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. (Deaths From Breast Cancer Ten Year Report - Florida Health CHARTS | CHARTS (flhealthcharts.gov))