Cancer awareness must be all-the-time matter

October 27, 2012 • Local News

As October and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month draw to a close, people need to remember that awareness should be a year-long affair.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of NBCAM, which is a cooperative effort between national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies. The goal is to disseminate information and educate about breast cancer and its effects.

About 1 in 8 women, about 12 percent, will develop breast cancer. In 2011, doctors estimated 288,130 new cases would be diagnosed. Of this figure, around 7.2 percent will die. However, death rates have been decreasing since 1990 due to treatment advances, earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Men are not immune, although a man’s risk is estimated to be 1 in 1,000.

Often there are no outward signs of breast cancer. The most common ones include a lump, an area of thickening, or a dimple in the Login to read more

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