Governor Dayton proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the State of Minnesota
Breast cancer touches the lives of many Minnesotans and according to the National Cancer Institute, will affect one in every eight women, with most having no family history of the disease. An increasing number of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. When diagnosed early, breast cancer is highly treatable and the best way to detect breast cancer in early stages is through annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40.Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides both a time to honor those lost to the disease as well as an opportunity to empower women in their fight against breast cancer by spreading the message of prevention and early detection through annual screening mammograms.
Financial and social barriers often prevent women from seeking screening mammograms. In addition to raising awareness, fundraising initiatives such as the Be Pink initiative, help institutions like the Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center make mammography accessible to more women in our Minnesotan community.
Building a better Minnesota means investing in all Minnesotan’s access to health care and information.
The Minnesota Department of Health offers the Sage program for Breast and Cervical cancer screenings. Sage provides free office visits for breast and cervical exams, as well as a screening mammogram and Pap smears for eligible women. If one of your screening tests shows a problem, Sage covers many diagnostic services and can often cover treatment, if needed. Sage partners with over 400 clinics throughout the state.