By Mariah Melendez
Cheshire Herald Staff
CHESHIRE – By the numbers, millions of Americans have been affected by breast cancer, whether as a patient or caregiver. According to the American Cancer Society, over 270,000 new cases of breast cancer have been diagnosed in 2019.
October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In order to keep the local community informed, Chesprocott Health District is trying to educate the community about early detection and reducing risk.
“It’s really important for everyone to know that breast cancer can affect everyone, man or woman,” said Kate Glendon, Chesprocott’s public health specialist. “It’s also incredibly important to know your status. I know it may be scary to book those screening appointments, but early detection is the key to survival.”
Glendon mentioned several ways to lower risk, including managing one’s weight, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, and being physically active.
“Women and men can help lower their risk of breast cancer by making healthy lifestyle changes,” she said.
Chesprocott will be hosting a Healthy Communities Coalition meeting on breast cancer risks and prevention at 9 a.m. on Wednesdayat Elim Park Place, 140 Cook Hill Road. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Niamey Pender Wilson, director of breast surgery research and quality for Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, will be available to answer any specific or general breast cancer questions. Dr. Wilson will also be leading an informational session on preventing and reducing the risks of breast cancer.
For more information, contact Chesprocott Health District at (203) 272-2761.