“Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women on Guam. The fight against cancer isn’t one that should be faced alone, so this month we join the entire island in the fight against breast cancer. It’s important that men and women know the risks, the symptoms and how to cope when they or their loved ones are diagnosed with cancer. I urge all Guamanians to get screened regularly, talk to your doctors, and know all of the latest advancements and news. We want to help you stay healthy.” —Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
Governor Calvo Proclaims Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This morning Governor Calvo proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer survivors came out to raise awareness along with the Guam Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and their medical advisory body, American Cancer Society, Guam Cancer Care, and Guam Regional Medical City.
Ask Your Doctor to Be Screened for Cancer
Depending on your age, men and women should ask their doctor to screen for any type of cancer periodically. Screenings include regular check-ups of the thyroid gland, testicles, ovaries, lymph nodes, oral cavity, mouth and skin. Women should be checked annually for breast and cervical cancer, while men should be checked annually for prostate cancer.
The GBCCEDP Offers Free Cancer Screening for Women
For women who do not have health insurance and are between the ages of 21-64 years old, the GBCCEDP offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings. This program has helped more than 1,000 Guamanian women gain access to preventive cancer care since 2010. For more information you can call the GBCCEDP office at 735-0671/2/5. They are located on the first floor of the Department of Public Health of Social Services in Mangilao, Room 160.
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