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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Oct 20, 2009 7:03:48 AM

Martha Hernandez
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths in women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States – my cousin is a survivor and my mother is a two time survivor.

Pink Ribbon - Breast Cancer Awareness

A woman has a 12 percent chance of developing invasive breast cancer. With early detection nearly 90 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will live at least five years.

You can lower the risk of death from breast cancer by:

  1. Performing monthly Breast self-exam (BSE) – The Susan G Komen website has a wonderful opportunity which will allow you to download breast self-exam cards:

  2. Get your annual mammogram beginning at the age of 40

  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

  • Maintain a healthy body weight

  • Exercise regularly

  • Limit your alcohol consumption

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