October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society recommends Self-Exams for women under 20, clinical breast exams for ages 20-39 and Momograms for women 40 or older.
Recent estimates from the ACS in the United States alone for 2009 are as follows:
About 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women
About 62,280 new cases of situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer)
About 40,170 women will die from breast cancer.
The statistics are staggering and this is only an estimate for the United States!
Get checked early and get checked often! Volunteer and fundraising opportunities are available through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. You can go to the link below to find an event.
For more information check out www.cancer.org