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Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Every woman is at risk for developing Breast Cancer. It is the most common among women but it also occurs in men. Of the women who develop cancer however, 80% have no family history.

The most important thing a woman can do for herself is self-examination. The second is get a mammogram once a year. The third is get a clinical exam once a year. Early detection can save your life.

Breast cancer is quite rare below the age of 30 and becomes more common towards 40. Having a mammogram is easier than you think and also gives great peace of mind. 

An article put out by the University of California, Berkeley states that women who have a history of migraine headaches have a 26% reduced risk of breast cancer. It is not known exactly how migraines may be related but both conditions are influenced by estrogen levels. This is the result of a large study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and elsewhere.

Dear Father, teach us and help us to be diligent and responsible for taking advantage of care that is available.


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