JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Breast and Cervical Cancer program recently received recognition from the local Susan G. Komen affiliate for its efforts in promoting early detection of breast cancer.
The Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias’ Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes that MSDH has demonstrated innovation to further the foundation’s promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program helped close the gap for underserved women who fell outside the screening guidelines.
"We want to be part of helping to find a cure for breast cancer through educating individuals on breast health, raising awareness about early detection, Pap exam screening services, mammography screening, and raising funds for organizations that conduct research. We are thrilled to have local recognition for our efforts and to have received the support of the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias," said Deborah Lake, Director of the MSDH Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
MSDH and several organizations that conduct research on breast cancer have worked together to raise funds to provide education and free mammogram screenings, as well as access to quality care. MSDH offers mammography screening through contracted providers to uninsured women between 50 and 64 years of age.
Lake said, “Having consistent medical checkups helps make a difference. Regular screening exams can result in early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Everyone is at risk of developing cancer, but especially older adults. Partnerships such as the one between MSDH and Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias is an excellent example of how we can work together and save more lives.”
MSDH has also partnered with the American Cancer Society of Mississippi to decrease breast cancer incidence in the state. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer rates in Mississippi are 116 per 100,000, and the rate will only decline significantly when communities, businesses and state agencies work together to encourage healthy lifestyles.
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