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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Morgan McGrath, Staff Writer

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October is here, and with it, comes Breast Cancer Awareness Month! During this time of year, and all year round, for that matter, it’s important that we show our support for those who are suffering. What percentage of people are expected to get breast cancer in their lifetime, though, and what are some additional statistics on the matter at hand? The answers to these questions, and more, are as follows…

According to www.breastcancer.org, “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” Additionally, “In 2017, an estimated 252, 710 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S…About 2,470  cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017.” Knowing this information helps us to gain a better understanding of this disease.

It should also be mentioned that breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women. So how can we decrease our chances of getting this disease? According to www.mayoclinic.org, the following have proven to be helpful in reducing the risk: drinking less alcohol, not smoking, staying active, and trying to avoid pollution. However, even if a person follows these precautions directly, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t develop breast cancer. Thankfully, these acts certainly do lessen one’s risk.

Finally, what can we, as citizens, do to help those affected by breast cancer and other types of cancer, as well? Listed here are a few of the ways to make a positive difference: 1.) Help to setup meal deliveries and rides if you know someone who is directly affected. 2.)  Make a donation to a local hospital. 3.) Take the time to visit cancer patients and just enjoy being with them. 4.) Sign up for a Breast Cancer Awareness Run!

Overall, Breast Cancer affects thousands of people in the U.S. and worldwide, for that matter. Therefore, this October, and all year round, quite frankly, let’s make it a goal to show our support.

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