October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to check on your loved ones. Please remind your mother, sister, aunt, niece or any female friend to get a mammogram. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. One out of every eight women will get breast cancer. Most women who develop breast cancer will not be able to pinpoint one specific cause.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign intended to educate people about the importance of early screening, tests and more.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthFacts About Breast Cancer

Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Every 13 minutes a woman will die of breast cancer.
One in eight women in the will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
Over 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
More than 40,500 will die from breast cancer in the United States each year.
Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

 

Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Lifestyle habits that can help reduce your risk of breast cancer include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Stay physically active
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit your alcohol consumption

Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and continually improving treatment options.

If you have an immediate relative with cancer, please talk to your doctor about getting screened earlier. Chances of survival are much great when it is detected earlier. So let’s be proactive in our health and not reactive.

If you would like a general assessment of your health, please call LaGrange Medical Center & Urgent Care at (708) 352-0330. Make an appointment to talk to our providers about your family history and any health issues you may have. Let your healthcare provider determine what tests are right for you!