October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2012

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Pink is everywhere in October and for a very good reason.

 “October is national breast cancer awareness month,” says Ashley Abbe, Director of Radiology at Minnesota Valley Health Center (MVHC). “Knowledge is everything when it comes to breast cancer and we plan to provide both education and entertainment at our annual Linked in Pink event.”

 MVHC’s breast cancer awareness event will be held on Thursday, October 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  “Linked in Pink is free and open to the public,” Abbe says. “It’s designed to educate and empower women to reduce their risk of breast cancer.”

 According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. However, more and more women are surviving breast cancer today, largely because of early detection through mammography.

 “It’s so important that women educate themselves about breast cancer, learn the risks and understand the significance of early detection,” Abbe concludes. “If all women age 40 and older took advantage of early detection methods such as mammography and clinical breast exams, breast cancer death rates could drop up to 30 percent.”

  Linked in Pink offers refreshments and appetizers, games, prizes, exhibits, and pampering massages. Special gifts await the breast cancer survivors who attend. Local businesses are collaborating by either exhibiting or donating door prizes or providing sponsorships.  

Visit the American Cancer Society's webpage for important information on breast cancer.

 

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