October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer affects 1 in 8 women – the second leading cancer killer of women (lung cancer is number 1).  So many of us know someone who has or has had Breast Cancer – a wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, grandmother, friend, or co-worker. This is the month to keep them in our hearts, and spread the word about early detection.  

For in-depth information regarding breast cancer – symptoms, risk factors & prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment options visit womenshealth.gov, MedlinePlus, or NOAH (New York Online Access to Health).

Visit the National Cancer Institute to use the  Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool.

Let’s not forget that men can get breast cancer. Visit MedlinePlus for comprehensive information.

For information on heredity and breast cancer visit Genome.gov.

Early detection is key – have you had your mammogram?

posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services

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