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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted Oct 20 2011 3:40pm
Did you know that October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? “The breast cancer death rate for women in the US is higher than for any other cancer except lung cancer. Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.” (article by David Wight)

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You can visit this website for more information on  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  and patient services, how you can help and other details about this organization.

What are some ways that you can help yourself in regard to this devastating cancer? For starters, you can perform your own breast exams to see if you detect any changes and need to see the doctor. You know your breasts better than anyone and should not ignore this self-examination, but remember to continually keep up with it. Don’t forget to get your yearly mammogram, starting at age 40. It’s been recommended that after the age of 40, you will also need to get a clinical breast exam (in conjunction with your yearly mammogram) by your physician. Don’t forget to dig into your family history. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, it’s vitally important to let your physician know about that fact. It’s not always discussed, but men are at risk for breast cancer too; although in men, “breast cancer is 100 times less common in men.”

For more information on this, please check out this article by David Wight,  October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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