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Healthy Living: Think Pink

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an annual observation that promotes education, awareness and empowerment regarding this potentially deadly disease.

This year, it’s estimated that nearly 40,000 Americans will die of breast cancer, and more than 230,000 new cases will be diagnosed just in the United States, according to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, the Dallas-based foundation that has been fighting breast cancer since 1982. Most doctors believe that the best weapon against breast cancer is early detection. If the cancer is not discovered until its causing symptoms, it has likely progressed to a more serious stage, and possibly has grown beyond just breast tissue.

Early detection saves lives!

So, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness Month but every month, please join Brookshire’s in the fight against breast cancer. Following just three simple steps will help in early detection.

Step 1: Mammograms: Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

Step 2: Clinical Breast Exam: Clinical breast exams by your doctor or nurse should be part of a periodic health exam about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and older.

Step 3: Breast Self-Awareness: Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctor or nurse. Breast self-exams should be part of every woman’s monthly routine starting by age 20; to help yourself remember, do your self-exam at roughly the same time every month.

It takes only a few minutes a month to take charge of your own health. Remember, together, we are the cure.

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