While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., the American Cancer Society estimates that over 43,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2021. Those same estimates show that North Carolina will lose about 1,400 women, with nearly 10,000 new cases diagnosed this year. Breast Cancer is the second - leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the Tar Heel state.
Help your patients reduce their risk profile by counseling them about alcohol intake, physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight, and make sure all eligible women are offered mammogram screening! Women experiencing financial challenges may qualify for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program. Learn more here: NC BCCCP program