Breast Cancer Awareness Month - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

10/11/05 - Lufkin

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Jessica Cervantez

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Which means you will probably know someone in your lifetime whose life has been changed by the disease. But, there are ways you can protect yourself.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women.

Kevin Seitz, the director of radiology, said fear is the biggest problem. People are scared to know, but it is better to know and detect it early.

State of the art technology is making breast cancer easier to detect. The Gaslight Imaging Center in Lufkin is among the facilities using special equipment.

Women aren't the only ones who can get breast cancer. In fact, the mortality rate among men is greater because the cancer is usually advanced before it is found. Still, women are the main target.

The baseline is women who are 35, and women who are forty and older should get a mammogram every year.

Self examinations can also help in detecting breast cancer early. And early detection is often the key to saving a life.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Remember eating right, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet are ways to reduce cancer risk.

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