Since the Breast Cancer Awareness program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older (from 25% in 1987 to 69% in 1998) and breast cancer deaths have declined by 1.6% between 1989 and 1995.
This is exciting progress, but there are still women who do not take advantage of early detection at all and others who do not get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals.
In 2002, it is estimated that 5200 Georgia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
In 2002, approximately 1000 Georgia women will lose their lives from breast cancer. A disproportionate number of deaths will be among women of minority or low-income groups.
Routine screening can prevent up to 30% of deaths from breast cancer among women over 40 years.
Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women (55% vs. 65% for women age 40-49), even though breast cancer risk increases with age.
The Clayton County Comprehensive Health Facility provides breast cancer screening and follow-up at no cost or low-cost for low income and uninsured, 40 to 64 years of age. To schedule an appointment please call (678) 610-7199.