The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. About 1 in 8 women born in the U.S. will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. African American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer. A key factor in this statistic is late detection, which is largely attributed to lower frequency of and longer intervals between mammograms. When it is diagnosed and treated early, many women can survive breast cancer. No matter your age, talk to your doctor about your risk and how often you should be screened.

    Breast Cancer Ribbon PaintAAHP is a proud supporter of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October and throughout the year, we conduct cancer outreach and education in Montgomery County, which includes referring eligible residents to free mammogram services. Visit our health fair exhibits for breast self-exmination demonstrations, and contact us to learn more about a health presentation for your community or resources for your events! Help us make a difference. Spread the word about early detection to your family, friends, and communities.

    For more information about breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society, the Office on Women’s Health, and the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association.

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