October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer and reduce the disease’s stigma by educating people about its symptoms and treatment options. Supporters hope that greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for breast cancer will produce a reliable, permanent cure.

Most all of us know someone, a mother, aunt, sister, or friend, who has battled breast cancer. Breast cancer is a disease that reaches many of us on a personal level and we have a special interest in fighting this disease.

It is critically important that we support this cause and do what we can to raise awareness for breast cancer.

For more information about breast cancer, including how you can show your support, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

Did you know…

  • The older a woman, the more likely she is to get breast cancer.
  • Men can get breast cancer. Out of every one hundred cases of breast cancer, one will occur in a man
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S, after lung cancer
  • The National Cancer Institute estimates that a woman in the United States has a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime

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