October 14, 2021

National Mammography Day is every third Friday during October of each year. On this day, and for the entire month, we hope all women will make a mammography appointment. Regular mammography screenings for women of certain age and risk groups are the most important step in early detection when treatment can be most effective. Read on to learn more about screening options and download helpful tips.


October 11, 2021

Proper screening for breast cancer is crucial and it can start with self-examination. A breast self-exam along with other screening methods is thought to be a recommended best practice that can increase your chances of early detection - especially when combined with regular physical exams by a doctor, using mammography, and sometimes, ultrasound and/or MRIs.


October 1, 2021

October kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and here are some shocking, new facts. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2021, it’s estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. And as of this year, breast cancer became the most common cancer globally accounting for 12% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Breast cancer screenings are used to check a woman’s breasts for signs of cancer before any signs or symptoms appear. Be sure to watch the quick video below.

Here’s a brief review of who should get screened and when (for in-depth details click here):

    • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
    • Women ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
    • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years or can continue yearly screening.

Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer. 

Contact your CHC provider for details on how to get your screening.


September 28, 2021

Your help is needed in a local survey. We have all seen or heard about the negative impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had, globally, nationally, and in our neighborhoods/workplaces. It has negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new challenges for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.

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