October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Faith Castro
October 7, 2017

An estimated 252,710 women (and 2,470 men) are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017.

A local community health center has received a grant for prevention and early detection of cancer, focusing on breast, colorectal and cervical cancer.

October is breast cancer awareness month. According to several studies, if you now use birth control pills, you mayslightly increase your risk of breast cancer, especially if you are a young woman.However, your risk level returns to normal about 10 years after you stop taking the pill.

Valley National Bank will be hosting its ninth annual breast cancer walk titled "Valley Goes Pink!" at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1460 Valley Road. 1116. For more information about the OBSP, visit www.whgh.ca under the services tab. They are also given information on referral for genetic counseling to determine if personal and family history indicates a benefit from genetic testing.

Meanwhile sales promoter for Curves, Nadesia Watson Smith informed that the nurses at the booth were there to give pressure checks as well as inform patrons on how to check their breasts for signs of cancer.

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. These developments have led to some breast cancer survivors acquiring coverage nearly immediately after treatment and at reasonable costs. Advances in adjuvant chemotherapy in early breast cancer, like Herceptin for HER2+ breast cancer, improved triple-negative regimens and some improvement in hormonal therapies have all had an impact.

African-American women and men are especially susceptible, as reported in this study.

Scientists do not know what causes breast cancer to metastasize outside the breast and they do not know how to stop metastases. In Wealden the incidence of breast cancer is approximately 189 per 100,000, which is higher than the English average of 170 per 100,000.

The CIBC Run for the Cure began in partnership with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and CIBC. I have not had breast cancer myself and that really does bring a human side to this that it's important to share.

In fact, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the US today and death rates have been steadily declining thanks to better treatments and more accurate screenings that find cancers early when they are most treatable. It's still holding steady at about 40,000.

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