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OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram — the screening test for breast cancer — can help find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early. Take the steps to detect breast cancer early.
- The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it’s important to check your breasts regularly. Noticing any unusual change is important.
- If you feel or see anything unusual, make sure to get checked out by your doctor as soon as possible.
Additionally, you can help spread the word and encourage women you care about to take care of themselves. Women ages 40-49 should talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms. Women ages 50-74 should be getting mammograms every two years.The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
What if you are a breast cancer survivor? This may be a good time to consider signing up for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. This 12-week program for cancer survivors helps participants to gain strength, endurance, self-confidence and more. Next session of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is in January 2020.