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1 October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month The Best Protection is Early Detection Content Source: United Healthcare www.myuhc.com

2 Breast Cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for women in the United States. Early Detection/Diagnosis is a proven reason for greater success/survival rates following treatment.

3 What are some risk factors for breast cancer? You are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer if you:  Are age 40 or older  Have a mother, sister or daughter who has/had breast cancer  Started your period before age 12  Started menopause after age 55  Had your first child after age 30  Had no children  Had a previous breast biopsy  Have had breast cancer before

4 What are the signs?  A lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area  A change in the size or shape of the breast  Discharge from the nipple  A change in the color or feel of the skin on or around any part of the breast. The skin may be dimpled, puckered or scaly. These are signs of breast cancer. But, they also may be signs of less serious health conditions. Don’t panic. DO talk with your doctor as soon as you see any symptoms.

5 What are the steps toward “Prevention” ? Preventative measures include:  Mammogram  Clinical Breast Exam  Self Breast Exam It is important to see your doctor regularly!

6 Share this message with your mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, aunts, cousins, and friends…….. “THE BEST PROTECTION IS EARLY DETECTION”

7 For More Information on Breast Cancer Prevention Visit: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month www.nbcam.org American Cancer Society www.cancer.org

8 Breast Cancer Awareness Guest Speaker Courtesy of the American Cancer Society Lafayette Office Wednesday October 10, 2007 4:30 pm VPSB Technology Building Abbeville, LA

9 Promoting Health and Wellness Vermilion Parish School Board Wellness Department 337-898-5772


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