Breast Health

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 with others.
  • 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:

Get Involved

Take action!

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 Breast Cancer

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.