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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women aged 40-50. More than 90% of women in the United States survive if the cancer is caught and treated early.
   "Women with low incomes and women of color die at greater rates from breast cancer because they often do not get early treatment and they may be less likely to get preventive care including mammograms," according to Alonzo Plough, Director of Public Health. "But these are needless tragedies, deaths that could be prevented."
   The Breast and Cervical Health Program focuses especially on assuring that women with low incomes receive critical screening services. Women receive free comprehensive health exams, including a mammogram and pap test. Twenty-seven clinics provide the exams. Clinics are assisted by a network of 16 outreach workers. Many women lack health insurance, are under-insured, or have not heard about the benefits of preventive health care. Nearly 3,700 women in King County have received these important health exams since the program began in 1994. And there are more women to reach.
   Call 1-800-756-5437 to locate a clinic near you. You can also call 1-800-CANCER for the latest information on breast cancer treatment and clinical records.