Breast Cancer Tool Kit
This kit is for all interested individuals and groups who want to help
learn or spread the word about breast health and the importance of
mammograms – the screening test for breast cancer.
You will find suggested sample social media messaging to post, as well
as printable fact sheets, infographics, and additional info through links
to other resources.
You can use this opportunity to spread the word about taking steps to detect
breast cancer early.
- Share information on your social media outlets about breast cancer.
- Tweet about breast cancer awareness.
- Host an event in your community or group so others can be active while
learning about local health resources.
- Share or add infographics to your website or social media profile.
How Can I Make a Difference
Anyone can raise awareness about breast cancer and take action toward prevention.
Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can get involved
and spread the word.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Start the conversation. Open up the conversation about breast health and
ask your questions about health history. Talk to your doctor about your health.
- Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to
start getting mammograms
- Encourage others to use this tool kit to learn more and share information
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to patients about the importance of getting
screened for breast cancer.
Donate to the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund and help to save lives here in Frederick
County. Every dollar donated to the Fund is used for direct patient benefit.
Get the Word Out
Infographics and Images
Share these statistics and infographics on your social media outlets
Click images to download:
1. Schedule your
Mammogram - If you’re over the age of 40, it’s time to start scheduling
your annual screening mammogram. This is the best way to find and treat
breast cancer at its earliest stage.
Schedule an Appointment
2. Contact local doctors’ offices and ask them to share breast cancer
and mammogram information with their patients.
3. Host a breast health event. Give out information about breast health,
and ask a doctor or nurse to talk about the importance of getting screened.
Request a Speaker
3. Host a fundraiser or event to help to save lives here in Frederick County
Submit an event
3. Partner with local community organizations to encourage people to get
screened for breast cancer.
4. Share breast health info or your own experiences with your family and
friends to encourage them to get their screening.
Share your Story
Screening and prevention
The American Society of Breast Surgeons recommends that women at average
risk of breast cancer should receive annual screening mammograms starting
at age 40. Women at average risk with dense breasts should consider supplemental imaging.
Women should continue having annual mammograms until their life expectancy
is less than 10 years.
Monthly breast self-exam and annual physical exams by a doctor are essential
parts of an overall breast cancer screening strategy.
Know the symptoms!
- A new lump or mass
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
Who is affected?
Incidence in Frederick County
In Frederick County, MD from 2012-2016, there were 956 new cases of Female
For every 100,000 women, 132 Female Breast Cancer cases were reported.
Over those years, there were 151 women who died of Female Breast Cancer.
For every 100,000 women in Frederick County, 21 died of Female Breast Cancer.
Who is at risk?
US men have a 1 in 833 chance of getting breast cancer.
US women have a 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer. The risk increases with age.