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

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OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. It’s important to be proactive about good health and to lead a healthy lifestyle. One step in the process which has been recommended by medical experts is to have regular screenings for breast cancer. 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.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to remember to schedule a mammogram, the test used to detect breast cancer. The Affordable Care Act requires that 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 fact sheet HERE.
  3. 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 2017-18 Facts & Figures  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 newsletter 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.

Visit West Angeles West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where you’ll find additional resources and information in the vestibule after Sunday services during the month of October.


DID YOU KNOW?

Physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, and excessive weight have all been linked to increased cancer risk.

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