October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Posted on Sun, Oct 25, 2015
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Breast cancer is the second most common newly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US.
This month marked the release of sobering new research on breast cancer and changes in mammogram guidelines. The new study, published Oct. 13 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found of more than 100,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and 2011, African-American and Hispanic women were more likely to be diagnosed at later stages. African-American women had a much higher risk of the disease being discovered at the most advanced, deadly stage. And African-American and Hispanic patients were up to 40 percent more likely to receive treatment not in line with breast cancer guidelines.
Besides seeking good preventive care, women can help themselves by eating healthy, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking. At the end of the day, that may just save your life.
For more information, visit the American Cancer Society Website or speak with your physician.
Dr. W. E. Scott
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