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STATE SENATOR

Steve Cassano

Advocating for Common-Sense Solutions

Breast Cancer Awareness

20 years ago in Manchester, breast cancer patient Nancy Pilver helped start the town’s first wreath dedication ceremony to raise awareness of breast cancer. The wreath is engraved with pink ribbons that name someone who is fighting breast cancer, or who died from it.

Nancy is gone now—she died in May 2003—but the tradition and the impact of her wreath in Manchester Town Hall still lives on.

I’m reminded of Nancy and breast cancer awareness as we wrap up National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to take this time to share some valuable information with you about this disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of death, in Connecticut women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point. These statistics are alarming, but there’s hope.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. In fact, incidence rates are stable and mortality rates are declining in Connecticut. A mammogram (the screening test for breast cancer) can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
  • Breast cancer can occur in men. Over 2,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed each year. Find out more.
  • Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Not sure where to go for mammograms? Find a mammogram facility near you.

Or download the Breast Cancer in Connecticut Fact Sheet from the state Department of Public Health.