October is more than just a month for trick-or-treats and Friday the 13ths, it is a month of awareness, breast cancer awareness to be exact. According to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., this year in America, more than 211,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year. If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%.

Breast Cancer Awareness is an important issue for people of all ages. It not only affects the people that develop it, but their family and friends as well. According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s web site, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to building breast cancer awareness and providing information and hope for future innovations in breast cancer treatment.

The web site states that for more than 20 years, “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) has educated women about early breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. NBCAM continues reaching out to women with several key messages, most notably, the importance of early detection through annual mammography screening for women over 40, or earlier for women at increased risk.”

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s message is simple, yet powerful: "Early Detection Saves Lives." The month is dedicated to spreading the word and encouraging women to take matters into their own hands. It provides an avenue to open the door to discussion with family members and friends about the seriousness of breast cancer.

For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness month visit www.nbcam.com.

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