By Graciela Rayome, guest contributor to the DHA Blog
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it also has a special significance for Delaware. The statistics surrounding breast cancer in Delaware show considerable room for improvement. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death for Delaware women, and Delaware has the 9th highest breast cancer incidence nationally.
However, screening and early detection can make a significant difference. Deaths from breast cancer in Delaware decreased 15% from 2011-2014 as a result of more Delaware women receiving timely annual mammograms.
DHA encourages all women to have their recommended screening for breast cancer
and to be vigilant about possible warning signs in between screenings. While breast cancer can be free of symptoms, signs to watch out for include: a new lump in the breast or underarm, thickening or swelling on part of the breast, irritation or dimpling of breast skin, pain in the breast, and more
Delaware hospitals offer resources on breast cancer screening and treatment ranging from information on breast health to free screenings. Please visit these resources at the following links:
Nanticoke Health Services
Saint Francis Healthcare
Graciela Rayome is a senior at the University of Delaware, studying Public Policy and Public Health and is currently interning at the Delaware Healthcare Association.