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Be informed: Breast Cancer Awareness

Be informed: Breast Cancer Awareness”

So whether you're participating in Run For the Cure, making a donation for Breast cancer research, wearing a pink ribbon, and even if not, take the opportunity this October to be informed and review your own breast health.

Caring for you is a lifelong responsibility and breast health is one very important part, especially for women.

Black women's breast cancer mortality is now 40 percent higher than white women's, but up until the early 1980s, white women were actually more likely to die after a breast cancer diagnosis, Jemal noted in a telephone interview.

Dr. Allison DiPasquale is a breast surgical oncologist with Methodist Health System, and she is devoted to the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

In the new study, Jemal and his team looked at records for 563,497 women ages 18 to 64 who had been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, meaning the disease had not spread beyond the breast. She has shared some facts that both women and men should know this month.

BRCA1 and BRCA2, the genes linked to breast cancer, are widely known, but what many people don't know is that there are several other genes that might show a woman is at risk.

According to the Bermuda National Tumour Registry, breast cancer is the form of cancer most commonly reported on the island.

“Women 40 or over who have had not had a mammogram in the a year ago can walk in and get their test. If you are at high risk, follow the advice above. For women, being aware of your family history particularly if it is a close relative such as your mother or sister (s) is an important factor as 5-10 per cent of breast cancers in Canada are related to genetic factors. But for many women with breast cancer, there are a variety of options available and offered by Methodist.

“Your breast health is our concern and, as early detection saves lives, we want to help make women as comfortable as possible about their mammogram.”.

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