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One out of 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

To put this phenomenon in perspective, walk down the street of a typical neighborhood and count out 8 dwellings. Residing in one of them will be a woman who will become stricken with breast cancer.

As the most common form of cancer in women, striking women of all ages, National Breast Cancer Awareness is the ideal time to bring this epidemic to the forefront.

In his 2016 Presidential Proclamation, Barack Obama had this to say:

“During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we honor all those who lost their lives to breast cancer, and we recognize the courageous survivors who are still fighting for it. For these individuals, and for their loved ones who give their unwavering support during the most trying times, we recommit ourselves to the essential and necessary work of forging a future free from cancer in all its forms.”

The good news is that there is a 5-year relative survival rate of 99% for those with early-stage breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society further indicates that there are more than 3 million survivors in the U.S.

Early stage breast cancer oftentimes means that early detection was a critical component of a high success rate.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

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