NYC Health + Hospitals supports breast cancer awareness mammograms


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and NYC Health + Hospital today urged New Yorkers to schedule a mammogram.

Mammograms cannot prevent breast cancer, but they are the best way to detect it early. When breast cancer is detected before it has spread beyond the breast, the survival rate is 99 percent. Some people who have breast cancer have no signs or symptoms. Early detection can help prevent breast cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. Women over 40 should be screened for breast cancer. To schedule a mammogram or other breast cancer screening, New Yorkers should call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692). Established patients can use MyChart to request an appointment. Referrals can also be made as part of a routine virtual visit with your provider.

“Routine breast cancer screening saves lives,” he said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “Every woman age 40 and older should talk to her doctor about her specific risks for developing breast cancer and how often she should be screened for breast cancer. Screening is easy and usually only takes 20 minutes. Don’t hesitate and make an appointment today.”

“Black women and women of color are typically diagnosed with later-stage breast cancer, making early detection even more important,” said Wendy Wilcox, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. “NYC Health + Hospitals will do everything possible to reduce barriers to mammography – cost or lack of insurance should not be a barrier.”

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer. Men can also get breast cancer, although such cases are rare. In the US, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 41,000 breast cancer-related deaths in 2023. Black women tend to have a higher death rate from breast cancer than their white, Latino, and Asian/Pacific Islander counterparts, more often because they are diagnosed later and miss timely treatment.

You are more likely to develop breast cancer if you:

  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Having obesity
  • Take combined estrogen-progesterone hormone replacement therapy during menopause
  • She is currently taking certain birth control pills
  • Have a family history of breast cancer
  • Having a specific breast cancer gene mutation, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2
  • She started menstruating 12 years ago or started menopause after 55 years

Breast cancer or an abnormality cannot always be seen or felt. However, if you notice any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately:

A new lump in the breast or armpit

  • Thickening or swelling of the breast
  • Dimpled breast skin
  • Redness or scaly skin in the nipple or breast area
  • A nipple that turns inward or droops
  • Pain in the chest

Most health insurance plans cover mammograms and other breast cancer screenings. If a person does not have health insurance, a provider can still screen for breast cancer and perform a mammogram. Find out more here.

NYC Health + Hospitals can help patients sign up for health insurance. If one doesn’t qualify, we can help you enroll NYC carehealth care access program.

NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the nation’s largest urban health care system, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually at more than 70 patient care sites in five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency and MetroPlus Health Plan – all supported by 11 core hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on enabling New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest lives possible. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected.


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