October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual worldwide health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

The Thomasville and Davidson County communities are invited to support the initiative by purchasing pink ribbons for $1 each in honor or memory of a loved one.

Secondary (or metastatic) breast cancer is the name given when cancer cells spread from the breast to other parts of the body, most commonly the liver, lungs, bones or brain.

Around 55,000 women and 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually in the United Kingdom according to statistics provided by Breast Cancer Now.

With two years left on the grant, there's a lot of work still to be done, Murphy said, yet they are confident the efforts will continue to save lives.

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Joan Bauman was a 45-year-old mother of four running ultramarathons when a lump in her breast grew more painful. Breast cancers may start as a tiny lump in the breast.

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For those who are still menstruating they have to do it one week after their monthly periods because then there will not be hormonal disturbances, she explains.

Have dense breasts. Having dense breasts increases your breast cancer risk by 25 percent, says Dr. Brem.

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's chief executive Evangelia Henderson described the lack of funding for drugs that extend the lives of advanced breast cancer patients as "heartless and cruel". This is generally good news, but such laws also have the potential to cause confusion because many women and even many doctors are uncertain how to proceed with the information.

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Women are told to get regular breast exams when they turn 20, 18 even, to find bumps or any possible indication of breast cancer.

Moore said that teams of walkers have participated in the non-competitive event, including those formed by individuals, as well as from schools, churches, local businesses, community groups such as the NAACP, and participants in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.

"While breast cancer is not preventable, early detection is the best protection".

Every woman is potentially at risk of getting breast cancer.

The general recommendation is that women start having annual mammograms at age 40, said Sonu Suri, a radiologist in the Breast Center at Mercy Hospital Joplin.

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Breast cancer in younger women tends to be a more aggressive cancer, researchers say, because it's often diagnosed later, is farther along when found and insurance companies set minimum ages on mammograms, which can deter detection. This is largely attributed to early detections and medical treatments that allow people to live longer with the disease.

Harpst also said she thinks it's important for people to be their own advocates, do their own research and decide what they want to do for themselves.

Two years later, in February 2018, a biopsy revealed she had stage 2 breast cancer.

Radiation to the chest to treat another cancer (not breast cancer), such as Hodgkin's disease or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, results in a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer.

Women who haven't had a full-term pregnancy or have their first child after age 30 have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who gave birth before age 30.

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