You may already know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fact is that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women other than lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during their life is 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Statistically, the death rate is slowly declining, because of better media awareness, coupled with early detection and better treatment options.
Despite the improving statistics, however, this fight is far from over. We must encourage all women to be pro-active in their pursuit of better health by eating better foods, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and reducing their alcohol intake. In addition, regular mammograms and self-examinations will go a long way towards early detection and prevention.
For more information about the prevention and treatment of this and many other types of cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org.
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