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Breast Cancer Facts And Myths [VIDEO]

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The month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, and I’ve been sharing stories, facts and information to get the word out. This year alone, breast cancer is estimated to affect 230,480 women and 2,140 men. Deaths are estimated at 39,520 for women and  450 for men. These are alarming numbers. But as I say, knowledge is power! So, this month I encourage you to make a pledge to take at least one step to educate your self on this deadly disease.

That one step may be to learn the risk factors, prevention, or volunteering for the cause. Share information with your loved ones and take care of yourself!

The National Breast Cancer Foundation answers some of the myths about breast cancer;

The Myth-  Men do not get breast cancer.

The Truth -  Quite the contrary. Each year it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also give themselves regular breast self-exams and note any changes to their physicians.

The Myth -  Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it.

The Truth -  While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. If you have a mother, daughter, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram five years before the age of their diagnosis, or starting at age 35.

Find out more about the myths of breast cancer at The National Breast Cancer Foundation website.

Here is a video I came across on YouTube that Iwanted to pass on to you guys. The background music is Sugarland.

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