Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi is one of ten states with the lowest breast cancer screening rate for older women.

More than one-quarter of Mississippi's women do not receive regular screening that could save their life.

This year alone, more than 2,000 Mississippi women could be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Women at Risk

Any woman can get breast cancer, at any age. But some groups are more likely to be affected than others.

Helping Yourself

Stay in touch with your health by performing a self-exam each month. A few minutes is all it takes to spot potential problems ahead of time.

A healthy lifestyle can help prevent breast cancer for occurring or re-occurring. A healthy weight and regular physical activity lower your risk of developing breast cancer, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help with breast cancer prevention. Quitting smoking is an essential step in preventing a wide range of cancers.

Getting Screened

Women should be screened for breast cancer at least every two years. If you cannot afford screening our Breast & Cervical Cancer program may be able to help you.

Know the Signs

Breast cancer can develop without early symptoms. That's why regular screening is so important. But every woman should know these signs that could indicate breast cancer.

Tell your doctor or health care provider about any of these symptoms.

Know Your Risk Factors

Breast cancer can't always be prevented. But you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by making lifestyle changes, like losing weight and becoming more active.

Links referenced
African-American women    http://womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/breast-cancer.html
Eating right    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,289,html
Getting active    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,270,html
Reaching a healthy weight    https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/
Help with quitting smoking    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1774,94.html
Breast & Cervical Cancer program    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,103,html
these signs    https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/young_women/bringyourbrave/breast_cancer_young_women/symptoms.htm?s_cid=byb_fb_pa_019

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