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DOH-OSCEOLA PROMOTES EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

By Nathaly Matos

October 08, 2019

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Osceola encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Important advances have been made through increased awareness, breast cancer screenings and better treatments.

Leonor Marrero, the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County’s Human Service Program Specialist for the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FCCEDP), will be in the lobby of the 1875 Fortune Road location every Wednesday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm during the month of October registering walk-ins for breast and cervical cancer screenings, which are free or low cost for those who meet the program eligibility requirements.

To see if you qualify, call DOH-Osceola at: (407) 343-2068 or visit Osceola.FloridaHealth.Gov


According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), not counting some types s of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, no matter a person’s race or ethnicity. The American Cancer Society estimates 19,130 new cases are expected in Florida this year alone. In 2018, 2,955 women in Florida died from Female Breast Cancer including 41 women in Osceola County.


What should women do? Make “No excuses, ladies.” Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms, as well as complete any recommended mammogram screenings. Additionally, women can lower their risk as follows:

• Maintain a healthy weight
• Be physically active
• Limit or avoid alcohol
• Choose to breast-feed
• Quit smoking and or vaping