Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer ACTION Month

This October, the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (MBCCP) urges Marylanders to move beyond awareness and take action again breast cancer! The two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Every woman is at risk, so, women, talk to your health care provider about the right breast cancer screening tests for you.

The MBCCP, housed in the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control, provides breast cancer screenings at no cost to eligible women in every jurisdiction in Maryland. The MBCCP also provides education, outreach, cervical cancer screenings, and diagnostic services! Since 1992, the program has provided more than 272,000 mammograms and diagnosed over 2,100 cases of breast cancer across the state.

Take ACTION this month with three simple steps:

  1. Spread the word about the MBCCP to women in your life who may need screening, or contact the program yourself.
  2. Wear pink to work on Wednesday, October 18 and start conversations about breast cancer awareness and screening resources.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, Charles County Department of Health is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Charles County Department of Health

The BCCP program provides breast and cervical cancer screening services to low income, uninsured or underinsured women. The program will pay for an annual clinical breast examination, annual mammogram and Pap test, as needed, for women 40 -64 years of age and for women over 65, if they do not have Medicare Part B. Participants in the program must be Maryland residents, limited income,and meet the age requirement.  For more information contact 301-609-6843. Learn more at the  Maryland Breast & Cervical Cancer Program.

Additional Resources

Visit the American Cancer Society for information on Breast Cancer:

About Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention

Breast Cancer Early Detection and Diagnosis