Breast cancer awareness month begins

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:04pm

October 1st marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer awareness month. Annually, a collaboration of national public service organizations including Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society lead the month-long education effort in order to inform women about the advantages of self-exams and early screening.

Locally,  greater than forty percent of El Paso residents do not have health care coverage to receive education, screening and treatment regarding breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed among women. However, men are not immune to the disease. Men are expected to account for 2,240 new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. in 2013.

Early screening and prevention is key in survival rates. Early detection and effective treatment have ultimately resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S. since 1990.

Angelina Jolie recently brought the issue to national attention when she announced that she had a double mastectomy after discovering that she had the BRCA1 mutation gene that carries an estimated 44-78 percent risk of developing breast cancer by age 70.

Events will continue throughout the month to raise awareness throughout the U.S.

 

You can find more information through the following links:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 Susan G. Komen Foundation

American Cancer Society

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