October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 18, 2011

In 1980, Susan G. Komen died from breast cancer just three years after being diagnosed.  She was only 36.  Before her death, Susan’s sister Nancy promised her she would do whatever it took to help eliminate this devastating disease.  Nancy founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, now known as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in 1982 to promote breast cancer awareness.

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 230,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2011 and they predict that 39,520 women will die from the disease. The good news though is that number of deaths from breast cancer has been steadily decreasing since 1990.

Early detection can literally mean the difference between life and death. All women should perform monthly self breast exams starting in their 20s.  The website www.checkyourboobies.org not only teaches women how to perform these lifesaving exams, but can also send a monthly email reminder to do so.

So this October, wear pink, get involved, and get in the habit of performing monthly exams.  It may just save your life!

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