October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Hospice Insider | October 12, 2016

Every October an annual international health campaign, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is organized by major beast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The symbol for this awareness is pink. Whether a ribbon, ring, or bracelet, you’ll see many this October.

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, while about one in eight women born in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. Mammograms – the screening test for breast cancer – can find breast cancer early, therefore women can get treated and survive the disease.

This month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., is giving away The Breast Health Guide, which includes tips on how to be breast health aware and questions to ask your doctor. You can fill out the form here.

Being proactive in the fight against breast cancer is crucial. Do self-exams monthly, have your doctor give you an annual exam and if you are over 40, get a mammogram.

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