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Early Detection Saves Lives – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 21, 2011

As part of our ongoing effort to “go pink” in October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to remind our readers of the importance of early detection in this disease, we’d like to point out a few startling statistics:

  • Every 2 minutes, there is a new breast cancer diagnosis.
  • 85% of all diagnoses have no family history.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

According to breastcancerawareness.com, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Most women are in the prime of their lives at that point!  The good news is that breast cancer death rates have been decreasing, according to cancer.org and most notably from the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.  Now more than ever it’s important to get checked.  E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic announced on Monday that she is now battling breast cancer.  She is reported to have been waiting until she reached 40 years old to get a mammogram, but after being ordered to by her doctor at the age of 37 she has just found out that she has the early stages of breast cancer.

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