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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mammograms help save lives. Early detection of breast cancer is key.

In 1985, October was declared National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For 30 years now, major breast cancer charities have organized a health campaign every October to increase awareness of breast cancer and to help raise funds for those affected by it.

Today there are nearly 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, remember that you are not alone.

According to the Intercultural Cancer Council, only one in 10 American Indian/Alaska Native women age 40 years and older reported never having had a mammogram.

Breast cancer affects not only women, but men as well. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 231,800 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in women, and nearly 2,350 cases in men.

This October, do your part to help educate women and men about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Monthly breast self-exams, clinical breast exams performed by a doctor, and mammograms are the three tools available to help detect breast cancer early, when it can be treated more successfully.

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

If you see any of these signs, don’t ignore them. See your doctor right away.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Don’t ignore your symptoms because you think they are not important or because you believe they are normal for your age. Talk to your doctor.

Women can reduce their risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by being physically active, staying at a healthy weight, not drinking alcohol and choosing to breastfeed their babies.

Perhaps you’re wondering if it’s time you scheduled your first mammogram. Current screening guidelines vary, but getting a first mammogram at age 40 is something women should discuss with their doctors. Call Community Health Representative Deborah Robinson at (480) 362-7329 or (480) 570-5276 to schedule an appointment.

Sources:
www.cancer.org/content/cancer/en/involved/donate/more-ways-to-give/discovery-shops-national.html
ww5.komen.org

Breast Cancer Awareness Events at Salt River
SR Diabetes Prevention Program presents
PINK OUT ZUMBA PARTY
Thursday, October 12
Two Waters Courtyard
12-1 p.m.
FREE for everyone!

SRPMIC 4th Annual
PINK OUT
Help us paint Salt River Pink!
Wednesday, October 25
All day