GET CHECKED: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
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.
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 :
- 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.
- Breast cancer Cells can grow out of control before any symptoms of breast cancer appear. Please download the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s “What is Breast Cancer” Facts For Life sheet HERE.
- It is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage. Please see the American Cancer Society’s Facts & Figures 2017-18 HERE.
- 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 Susan G. Komen Foundation’s pdf titled “The Perfect Storm” highlighting the breast cancer disparities among African American women HERE.
- 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