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It's breast cancer awareness month and breast health specialists say focusing on the "awareness" part is critical.

Treatment has also improved, particularly with the advent of more effective therapies following breast cancer surgery.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when women and their families should be vigilant about early detection of this disease.

. Most women who develop breast cancer have no obvious risk factors.

Last week, Emmy-award winning actress Julia Louis Dreyfus revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

"This is our pink day celebration and we just wanted to push all Jamaicans, both women and men to go out and get screened for the disease", said CEO of the marketing company, Maxine Miller-Burkett. If you have breast cancer in your family history, but haven't been diagnosed, consider purchasing life insurance now, as locking in rates while you're young and healthy is most advisable. Ten per cent of all profits from the marathon will be donated to Breast Cancer Care to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month which runs throughout October.

Native American woman may be eligible for a free screening through the Navajo Nation Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program. Breast cancer screening is done through clinical breast exams and mammography. In Wealden the incidence of breast cancer is approximately 189 per 100,000, which is higher than the English average of 170 per 100,000. Based on these findings, women with a 20 percent or greater lifetime risk are provided with additional information on risk reduction strategies including lifestyle modifications.

Often, an abnormal mammogram is the only way to detect breast cancer.

The CDC recommends women age 50 to 74 get mammograms every two years. For the non-scientist, it's important to also understand where the information is coming from.


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