Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common
form of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death among
American women. . .it will cause more than 40,000 deaths this year alone. Women
are justifiably afraid of this disease, even though great strides have been
made in breast cancer research, early detection, treatment. . .and even cures.
The Susan Komen Foundation, can be given tremendous credit for making this
happen. This month, the Komen Foundation sponsors the Race for the Cure in
more than 100 cities to raise breast cancer awareness and research funding.
Most of the money raised stays in the communities that raised it to provide
funding for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in under-served areas.
What do you need to know about breast cancer? The most significant risk factors
for breast cancer are simply being female and getting older. Most women with
breast cancer have no known family history or other risk factors. In fact, fewer
than one in 10 breast cancers are due to heredity or genetic factors. For more
information, click here.
Created: 10/2/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.