OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

breastcancerOCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

By Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-Canandaigua)

This October, designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will again rally together to raise awareness and offer support to families struggling to fight against a breast cancer diagnosis. With information, testing and adequate resources, we can combat this terrible disease and reduce its impact. The American Cancer Society projects there will be almost 253,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women this year. In total, breast cancer will claim the lives of more than 40,000 women in 2017. Women aren’t the only ones to get breast cancer — men are diagnosed with it, too. In fact, in 2017, about 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease.
 
Many discover signs of breast cancer through self-testing. Self-exams are a critical tool in the fight against breast cancer, which becomes more likely with age. Early prevention can help minimize the chance of the cancer spreading, making it easier to treat and cure. Schedule a yearly check-up with your doctor to maintain proper health; depending on your doctor’s recommendation, schedule a breast exam or mammography.

SUPPORTING A LOVED ONE WHO HAS CANCER
 
When you find out someone you love has cancer of any kind, the news can be devastating. Support for those diagnosed with or being treated for breast cancer is important.
 
Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC) is a national non-profit organization designed to provide services for men caring for someone with breast cancer. It offers a “unique” and “integrative” approach to showing men how they can be effective caregivers. Breast cancer, like most challenges, is best fought with the collective support, strength and love of others.
 
By taking time this October to recognize the challenges of breast cancer and advocate for proactive treatment, we will focus our efforts on combating a disease that impacts families every day. Together, we can make great progress for patients and families.
 

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb

Comment: kolbb@nyassembly.gov, @GOPLdrBrianKolb and Facebook.

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