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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness

When Should I Start Getting Mammograms?

Learn when to start and how often to get mammograms in this video.

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms?

There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include—

  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm.

If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.

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How Can I Lower My Risk?

Some main factors that influence your risk for breast cancer include—

  • Being a woman.
  • Being older (most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older).
  • Having changes in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. There are things you can do to can help lower your breast cancer risk.

Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screening.

Fast Facts About Breast Cancer

  • Each year in the United States, more than 245,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease. See detailed statistics.
  • Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.


Electronic Cigarettes

Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of using e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

What‘s the bottom line?
  • E-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
  • While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking.
  • If you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.
  • Additional research can help understand long-term health effects.
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City of Hurley Manganese Testing

The City of Hurley is continuing to cooperatively work with The City of Ironwood, Iron County Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, The Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, and the Michigan Department, Great Lakes, and Energy to investigate potential manganese levels in homes.

The City of Hurley currently obtains water from the City of Ironwood, which initially began to investigate potential elevated manganese levels in the water system earlier this month.

During the first round of manganese testing the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department initially sampled the feed point to the City of Hurley, WI (located on Silver Street at the Montreal River Bridge), the feed point measured 45 ppb (parts per billion).

Additionally, the City of Hurley Public Works in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Iron County Health Department sampled the feed point to Hurley after the recent fire in downtown Ironwood.  These results read at 76 ppb (parts per billion).

Results from both testing done were under the EPA advisory level of 300 parts per billion for children under 12 months of age.  As a precautionary measure the City of Hurley Public Works Department, Iron County Health Department, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be doing additional sampling sites from other locations throughout the City of Hurley.

The advisory for infants less than 12 months continues to remain in effect until additional samples are analyzed and results are available.  Bottled water remains available at the Hurley Police Department (HPD) located at 405 5th Ave N. Hours of pick-up at HPD will be Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.  Water is also available at the Ironwood Public Safety Office located 123 West McLeod Avenue.  The pickup hours will be Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm.


For more information about manganese and your health, Hurley residents can contact the Iron County Health Department at 715-561-2191 or the City of Hurley Public Works Department at 715-561-4715 from 8am-4pm.






The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec


Our Mission

The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by promoting health, protecting the enviroment, and preventing disease and injury.





Office Information

Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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