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Breast Health


Who does breast cancer affect?

“Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the Unites States and the most frequently diagnosed cancer among nearly every racial and ethnic group.” — Susan G. Komen For the Cure


An average of 354 women in San Diego County die each year from causes related to breast cancer—the second largest number of deaths per county in the state of California. An average of 1,924 women in San Diego County are diagnosed with breast cancer each year—the second largest number per county in California, which has an average of 21,823 new diagnoses per year.– National Cancer Institute


A woman without insurance is at even greater risk because there is no centralized resource to help her connect to services and resources to educate her on the illness and preventative measures to take to maintain a risk-free lifestyle as well as information to manage the illness should she already be diagnosed.

Who should be screened?**

Age 20-39* Frequency
Clinical breast exam At least every three years
Age 40 and older Frequency
Clinical breast exam Once a year
Mammogram Once a year

* Women at higher risk may need to be screened earlier and more frequently as recommended.
** Source: http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/806-374a.pdf

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. it is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer early. A mammogram can find cancer at an early stage when it is small and easier to treat.

What is a clinical breast exam?

A clinical breast exam is performed by a health provider and includes a visual examination and careful feeling of the entire breast–from the collarbone to the bra line, and from the armpit to the breastbone.

What is 2-1-1 Doing?

Since the San Diego County Cancer Navigator closed its doors in 2010, San Diego County does not have a single access point for services related to cancer and breast health. However, 2-1-1 San Diego talks to an average of 18,000 people each month, with the ability to take calls in over 200 languages. With the majority of clients being women, we are a natural fit to connect them to healthcare information, programs and services. In October 2011, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we began our partnership with Susan G Komen to provide opportunities for women to become knowledgeable of, and have access to, breast health resources and screenings.

Dial 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1. Then press “3” for healthcare-related needs and then press “1” for breast healthcare related needs.


More Resources

Call your Primary Care Doctor and make an appointment today for your clinical breast exam or mammogram.

Or visit one of the following sites if you are unable to pay, or if you are uninsured or underinsured:

Women over 40:

Visit the San Diego County Cancer Detection program: Every Woman Counts for referrals to your nearest location and/or to determine if you are eligible for the program.

Women under 40:

Search Health Center Partners of Southern California for a clinic closest to you that can provide you with a low-cost/sliding scale mammogram, clinical breast exam and/or breast cancer screening.