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Fulton County Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Print |

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to take time to have a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. According to the CDC, regular mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels. Symptoms may include new lump in the breast or underarm (armpit), thickening or swelling of part of the breast, irritation or dimpling of breast skin, redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast, pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area, nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood, any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast.

Breast cancer screenings are given at a clinic, hospital, or doctor's office. In Fulton County, if you are between the ages of 35-39, have had breast problems or at risk, you may be able to receive services through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.

To find out more, residents should visit one of our clinics where staff will determine if you qualify for services, give you a breast exam and/or a pap smear, provide information about breast self-examination, Schedule Mammograms at approved/certified local facilities, make referrals for diagnostic work-up and treatment as needed, and provide case management.

For Fulton County Health Center locations and more information about services, visit http://fultoncountyga.gov/dhw-home.


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