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Breast Cancer Awareness
By Rep. Steven Mentzer (R-Lititz)

Unless you have experienced it, one cannot imagine the shock and range of emotions that occurs when a doctor comes into the room and says you have been diagnosed with cancer.

There are many types of cancer that threaten our health, and we need to be cognizant of our diets, lifestyles and age in order to effectively guard against this health scourge. October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The fact is that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and it is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

And while many believe breast cancer only attacks women, 2,600 men will be diagnosed and approximately 440 will die each year.

But there is some good news: over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older.

Over the last twenty years death rates from breast cancer have been declining, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

Organizations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation continues to help women now by funding targeted research. Diseases like triple-negative breast cancer have been very difficult to treat and doctors need to know more about its cause.

Women diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer often face a difficult prognosis. Improvements in treatment options are needed now. To learn more, visit
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