October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Facts You Should Know


It’s important to get yourself checked, and to lead a healthy lifestyle! Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated. It is typically detected either during a screening examination, before symptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump.

The American Cancer Society's infographic about getting your mammogram.

The American Cancer Society’s mammogram infographic.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women; therefore, it is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage.

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is a great time to schedule your yearly mammogram, the test used to detect breast cancer. The Affordable Care Act requires that most private health insurance plans provide preventive health services without charging you a co-payment or coinsurance.

Please see the following 5 important facts about breast cancer below, and download additional information about Breast Cancer, its statistics, and getting checked in the attached links :


  1. One in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Please download the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fact Sheet HERE.
  2. Breast cancer Cells can grow out of control before any symptoms of breast cancer appear.  Please download the Susan G. Komen  “What is Breast Cancer” Facts For Life sheet HERE.
  3. It is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting  breast cancer at an early stage. Please the American Cancer Society’s Facts & Figures 2015-16 HERE.
  4.  African American women who develop breast cancer are more likely to die from it  than women of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Please download the LIFELINES from the National Cancer Institute for Black Women HERE.
  5. Getting a mammogram is an important step to keeping and monitoring the health of your breasts.  Please download the American Cancer Society’s infographic about getting a mammogram HERE.


You can find additional resources and information in the vestibule after Sunday services at West Angeles Church of God in Christ.



American Cancer Society 1-800-ACS-2345 www.cancer.org

Susan G. Komen® 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) www.komen.org

National Cancer Institute 1-800-4-CANCER www.cancer.gov