October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Everett Says

HARRISBURG – In honor of the millions of Americans who have been affected by breast cancer, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) invites residents to take part in recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Acknowledging the dangers affiliated with this disease, it is important for people to take a proactive approach toward prevention. Among the best defenses is an annual mammogram examination. In an effort to boost awareness, Friday, Oct. 17, has been designated National Mammography Day and serves as an ideal opportunity for people to protect themselves by scheduling an exam.

Assuming an individual will live to age 90, the risk of developing breast cancer over one’s lifetime is about 12 percent. Roughly one out of every seven women will develop breast cancer over a 90-year life span. An estimated 182,460 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States this year. The American Cancer Society (ACS) further estimates that as many as 40,480 deaths will occur as a result of breast cancer in 2008.

Although the vast majority of breast cancer cases are diagnosed among women, the disease affects about 1 percent of men. The ACS estimates that about 1,990 cases of breast cancer in men occurred in 2008.

Despite breast cancer’s potentially life-threatening effects, nearly all early detected tumors are treatable. By scheduling an annual mammogram the likelihood of detecting potential dangers before they further develop increases with great significance.

Residents interested in helping in the fight and learning more about events affiliated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month can call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit Everett’s Web site at RepEverett.com for more information.

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