October 2, 2023
MCHD observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
MOBILE, Ala. — Since 1985, October has been recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time annually devoted to educating everyone about breast cancer and the importance of early detection and access to timely, high-quality care.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Each year in the United States, about 264,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease.
Screenings take place daily at all locations for Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department. In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness, special celebrations are planned at these locations:
- October 25 – North Mobile Health Center (950 Coy Smith Highway in Mount Vernon),
- October 26 – Downtown Health Center (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile), Women’s Health Center (248 Cox Street in Mobile), Southwest Mobile Health Center (5580 Inn Road in Mobile), Dauphin Island Parkway Health Center (2601 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile), Citronelle Health Center (19250 North Mobile Street), Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East),
- October 27 – Mobile Medical Unit II at the Thomas Sullivan Community Center (351 North Catherine Street in Mobile from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).
Family Health has been a longtime participant in the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP). This program provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasound, colposcopy, or biopsy, if needed. To learn more visit https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/bandc.