Protect your breast health.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and is the second-leading cause of death. Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, when tumors are small and easier to treat.
Women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. Mammograms are X-rays of the breast that can see breast tissue in clear, precise images. Women 18 and older should also have a clinical breast exam—or CBE—every year. A CBE is an exam conducted by a medical provider trained to identify lumps or other changes. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and should examine their breasts regularly starting at age 20—and report any changes to their doctor.
We offer help for screening and cancer treatment:
If you don’t have insurance or you can’t afford a mammogram, there is a program that could provide the screening for you. Learn about it now.
If you should be diagnosed with breast cancer and you can’t afford treatment, the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program provides free cancer treatment for up to two years. Cancer Care Coordinators help guide you through treatment, scheduling visits with doctors and making sure you get the care you need.
You are at greater risk for breast cancer if you:
- Eat a high-fat diet
- Have more than one alcoholic drink per day
- Are overweight
- Have never given birth
- Have used birth control pills within the past 10 years
- Are age 55 or older
- Have a history of breast cancer in the family
- Have dense breast tissue
Stay informed—check out this downloadable pdf for more information about breast cancer.
A nurse navigator can schedule a cancer screening for you.
Every health care system in the state has nurse navigators who can schedule your cancer screening and provide follow-up help - whether you have health insurance or not. Use this form to request a callback, or call the nurse navigator at the facility closest to you:
If you would like to speak directly to a nurse navigator you can call the facility closest to you from the list below.
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