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Join the ‘Breast Cancer Prevention’ movement
Oct 09, 2009 | 927 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a perfect time for you to join the movement to help fight breast cancer, save lives, and create a world with more birthdays. This year, an estimated 192,370 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. You can help the American Cancer Society fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community by:

Helping Women Stay Well.

Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.

This is the perfect time to review the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer screening guidelines for early detection. The best way to find breast cancer early is for women to get a mammogram every year starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as you are in good health.

In addition, there are steps you can take to help you stay well and reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink per day (no more than two drinks per day for men).

Helping Women Get Well.

If you or a loved one is facing breast cancer, the American Cancer Society is in your corner to help guide you through every step of the cancer experience, so you can focus on getting well.

The Society offers access to free services to overcome daily challenges like transportation and lodging when treatment is far from home, and can provide one-on-one support from breast cancer survivors who have been there. These volunteer survivors offer emotional support and nderstanding and help guide patients through their journey with the disease

Finding Cures.

Breast cancer is one of the major research focus areas for the American Cancer Society. In fact, the Society has been a part of nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history including the use of Tamoxifen to reduce the risk of first or second breast cancer occurrences and the development of Herceptin.

Fighting Back.

October is a month to celebrate the strides we’ve made in the fight against breast cancer and to continue to work toward a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Consider participating in one of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events nationwide, speaking out to increase funding for programs that allow all women to have access to mammograms and treatment, or simply reminding the women in your life to get regular mammograms.
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