Greene Turtle supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ebony Scott
October 9, 2017

This year, Porter Health Care System is a sponsor of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Porter County.

Women have a 12 percent chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and a 1 or 2 percent chance of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

More than 70, 000 women succumb to breast cancer every year - a woman dies of breast cancer every 10 minutes in India.

The walk was aimed at creating awareness about importance of early detection of breast cancer, salute survivors, and spread the message of hope, courage and survival in the fight against the disease. The report, the latest to document a long-term reduction in breast-cancer mortality, attributed the declines to both improvements in treatments and to early detection by mammography. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in USA women and the second-leading cause of death after lung cancer.

Smoking, especially for those women who smoke before their first pregnancy, is thought to increase the risk of breast cancer. In Myanmar, the rate of breast cancer occurrence is exceptionally high, and in addition, the lack of sufficient treatment facilities has also reflected negatively on the diagnosis.

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But the mutations are rare, and most inherited breast cancers aren't caused by BRCA.

As local oncologist Dr. Amanda May said earlier this month, after the Archbold Live Better's annual 5k Pink Run, the key is to get screened.

The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) test will initially be available for patients having tests at St Mary's Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, with a family history of breast cancer.

The money from the campaign will be donated to six cancer centres as well as help 50 people suffering from the disease.

"The new test will give women more options and help them to make a more informed decision", she said. Encourage those you know to get screened and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

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