The Duncan Banner

October 13, 2013

Early detection remains important

Jeff Kaley
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — As we reach the midway point of October, let us remind you the annual and national campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness continues.

Aside from lung cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American women with one of every eight women likely to encounter the disease in their lifetime.

The good news is early detection is making a difference.

Members of the medical community continue to encourage women to become familiar with early warning signs through self-examinations – discovery of a lump; change in skin texture near the breast or the under arm area; enlargement of pores are common – and to take precautionary measures quickly.

When detected early, the rate of a five-year survival rate is 99 percent.

Those are the type odds capable of making a real difference.