October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their life. Take time this month to learn more about the importance of early detection. 

What You Can Do. Spread the word! Remind friends and family about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer. Take part in a walk or run that helps raise money for additional research on how to beat breast cancer. Distribute materials at health fairs or in community rooms to remind everyone how important it is to get screened.

Early Detection. Screenings such as self-exams and mammograms can identify a lump early on. Breast cancers found during screenings are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. Doctors feel that early detection saves thousands of lives each year. Women ages 40-49 are advised to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms while women 50-74 should get mammograms every 2 years.

Risk Factors. There are some risk factors you cannot change such as gender, age, genetics, family history race and ethnicity. 5-10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary or inherited from a parent. For details on these risk factors or for more information about genes and how they affect breast cancer go to cancer.org.

Is This Preventable. There is no definite way to prevent breast cancer but there are things you can do that might lower your risk. Studies have shown that body weight, physical activity, and nutrition have all been linked to breast cancer. For nutrition and physical activity guidelines on cancer prevention visit the American Cancer Society.

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Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their October 2015 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.

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