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SUBMITTED by Emilie Sisson (14-May-2012)
“Kudos to you, Young Lady!” “Congratulations to you, Woman!”
“Take care, You Fine Thing!” “Keep up the good work, Beautiful!”
Let’s celebrate National Women’s Health Week together and make sure you are getting the services and support you need, so you can keep on giving as you need and want to. Give yourself the greatest gift: personal good health. Give your children the greatest gift: a healthy mother. Give your husband the greatest gift: a healthy wife.
We would like to share some good news and some bad news and some advice with you from us at Cancer Services Program of Wayne County.
  • Cancer was the second leading cause of death in New York State (2009)
  • Of 739,940 estimated cancer cases (2010) in women, 270,290 women were estimated to die—that is roughly one of every three dies
  • Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in women and the third largest cause of cancer death in women
  • Almost half of women diagnosed with colorectal cancer will die from it
  • Symptoms don’t always show up until it is hard to cure colorectal cancer
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the second-leading cancer killer of women
  • About 1 in 8 women will find out she has breast cancer at some point in her life
  • You are more likely to develop cervical cancer if you smoke, have HIV or reduced immunity, or don’t get regular Pap tests
  • Some types of human papillomaviruses can cause cervical cancer
  • In 2006, for the first time, there was a drop in the reported number of actual cancer deaths in the U.S.
  • Colorectal cancer can be prevented if abnormal cells that lead to cancer are found and removed
  • If colorectal cancer is found in its early stages, it is up to 90% curable
  • Most women with breast cancer survive it
  • Treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early
  • Two kinds of vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) can protect girls and young women against the types of human papillomaviruses that cause most cervical cancers
  • Screening can find changes before they turn into cancer
  • Screening can find cancer early when treatment is most effective
  • “Aside from avoiding tobacco and maintaining a healthy body weight cancer screening is the most important thing people can do to reduce their chances of dying from cancer.” GET SCREENED
  • Women should start colorectal screenings at 50 years of age
  • Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years
  • A list of FDA-certified facilities for mammograms can be found at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mammography/certified.html OR CALL US
  • Women with breast implants should have mammograms
  • Condom use is linked to lower cervical cancer rates
  • Have a Pap test every 2 years starting at age 21
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days per week
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings each day
Our program provides screenings, diagnosis and treatment for uninsured, under-insured and income-eligible women. We do represent women from other counties and partner with providers in other counties. We invite any woman to call us for cancer information and support at (315) 332-2255. Our main office is at Newark Wayne Community Hospital.
Please join our mission to increase the proportion of women and men in New York State who are up to date on recommended preventive cancer screenings.


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