October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in New Hampshire and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the state.* Since breast cancer can be detected early, it is essential for women to have mammograms as recommended by their health providers. All women should talk with their providers about when to begin mammography screening. The American Cancer Society recommends women over the age of 40 have one every year as long as they are in good health. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women aged 50-64 receive a bi-ennial screening mammogram.
There are several resources available for breast cancer screening and treatment. To learn more about a NH program offering free screenings to eligible women please click this link. NH CCC partner, New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition (NHBCC) offers financial assistance through its Support Services Fund.
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners to share resources and implement strategies that address breast and other cancers in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
*NH State Health Improvement Report: Download Here
Together – Eliminating Cancer
Featured Partner: Lisa Delahanty
Work Group Member Offers Prevention, Early Detection, and Survivorship Support at Concord Hospital’s Breast Care Center
Lisa Delahanty, APRN, MSN, is the Manager, Nurse Practitioner and Navigator at Concord Hospital Breast Care Center and is an active member of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s Prevention and Early Detection Work Group. The Work Group focuses on changing behaviours, health systems, and policies to prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage by increasing awareness and screening rates for those cancers where evidence-based guidelines exist.
“I enjoy going to meetings and sharing ideas with other work group members,” she said. “It is helpful for me and my patients.”
Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in females behind cancer of skin. In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,150 new female breast cancers in New Hampshire.
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News and Events
Families First to offer life-saving cancer screenings Oct. 29, Seacoastonline.com, 10/5/14
New Hampshire women diagnosed with breast cancer quickly find they’re not alone, Concord Monitor, 10/4/14
Beyond Breast Cancer Treatment, Dr. Roshani Patel combines healthy choices and community partnerships for a special kind of cancer care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 9/8/14
Straight Talk About Palliative Care: What Everyone Should Know, Wall Street Journal, 9/14/14
CDC says NH cancer rates among highest in nation, InsuranceNewsNet.com, 9/23/14
Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized, NPR, 9/21/14
Granite State Has Highest Rate Of Breast Cancer, NHPR, 9/22/14
Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life, NY Times, 9/17/14
Man Survives Rare Cancer Thanks to New 'Targeted' Therapy, ABC News, 9/16/14
Watch the U.S. quit smoking over 40 years, Washington Post, 9/8/14
Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early, NHPR, 9/3/14
No more smokes at CVS, CNN Money, 9/3/14
Claremont Closer to Smoke Ban, Valley News, 8/29/14