October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual campaign helps increase knowledge about the disease, provides information about what can be done to help detect it in the early stages and offers support to those affected by breast cancer. It is not yet known what causes breast cancer or how to prevent it, but the best protection is to detect it as early as possible and treat it promptly.
The American Cancer Society recommends this 3-step early detection program:
- Have regular mammograms.
- See your doctor for regular breast exams.
- Practice a breast self-exam monthly.
These guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer are for those who have no symptoms and are designed to find breast cancer at the earliest stages when there is the best opportunity to treat it successfully. This information was obtained from Breast Cancer Questions & Answers published by The American Cancer Society. For more information about breast cancer contact The American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or on the Internet at www.cancer.org.