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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 9, 2007

St. Paul, MN – October marks "Breast Cancer Awareness Month," a national effort to educate people about the disease, and to encourage early detection and prevention. Freda Carlson, health promotions manager for the American Cancer Society's Minnesota office, says one of the most important messages for women is to get an annual breast health exam, beginning at age 40.

"Once breast cancer is diagnosed at an early stage -- that is, before it has spread to the lymph nodes or other locations in the body -- the five-year survival rate is 98 percent."

Carlson says more than 3,200 Minnesotans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 600 will die. Nationally, the death toll will top 40,000. She says the message is clear: early detection is the best lifesaver. And, while there is no proven way to prevent breast cancer, Carlson adds there are steps to improve overall health that may reduce a woman's cancer risk.

"For overall good health, you should follow a diet that's lower in red meat and higher in fruits and vegetables, and get adequate exercise."

There's also good news about the nation's overall cancer death rate. It's dropping more than two percent a year, thanks to early detection and treatment. This month also marks a major study designed to pinpoint the causes of breast cancer. Carlson explains the researchers are looking for 50,000 women, between the ages of 35 and 74, who have had a sister with breast cancer, but haven't had it themselves, to volunteer to be part of the study.

"The researchers will compare study members who go on to develop breast cancer with those who don't develop the disease, to learn about possible environmental and genetic causes, as well as ways to prevent breast cancer."

Learn more about the new study online, at, or by calling 1-877-474-7837.

Jim Wishner/John Robinson, Public News Service - MN