October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, more than 2,900 women will be diagnosed with the disease in Miami-Dade. Meanwhile, only 63% of women over the age of 40 have had a mammogram in the last year.
Designed to identify risk factors that can lead to cancer, heart attacks, stroke and other serious illnesses, health screenings are vital to our community’s well-being. All it takes is a simple screening to detect disease early on, when treatment works best.
This past year, through United Way funded programs at community clinics, mobile units and specialized centers, we administered more than 33,235 life-saving cancer, heart and other types of screenings, tests and health assessments. Specifically to target women’s health needs in addition to mammograms, Open Door and YWCA, also provided clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, cervical screenings and face-to-face instruction on how to complete a breast self-examination.
By making screenings more accessible, affordable and available, we are elevating the health of our community as a whole.