National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Fairfax
Oct. 23, 2013
Fairfax County joins the effort in October to raise awareness for breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to educate and to encourage both men and women to take control of their health. Women are encouraged to do regular self breast exams and mammograms. Both men and women are encouraged to know the facts about prevention and recurrence. Breast cancer is best overcome when detected in the early stages. According to the Mayo Clinic, men are often inclined to ignore symptoms such as a breast lump. For this reason, breast cancer is often detected in men in more advanced stages. While breast cancer is often thought of as a woman's disease, male breast cancer does occur.
According to the National Cancer Institute 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lives. In 2013, there were 232,340 new cases of breast cancer in women and 2,240 new cases in men. In the same year, 39,620 women and 410 men lost their fight with the disease.
When detected in the early stages, the five-year survival rate for both men and women is 98%; making early detection a critical factor in combating the disease.
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