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Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday, November 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness

T.H. Ryan Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. T.H. Ryan Cartage collected donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Chicago for the month of October. Every Wednesday in October the T.H. Ryan team wore their pink shirts in an effort to spread awareness of this terrible disease.  Studies have shown that finding breast cancer early can save women’s lives and increase their treatment options. We encourage you to consider the breast cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society.

Mammogram: Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.

Clinical breast exam: Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular exam by a health expert at least every three years. After age 40, women should have the exam every year.

Self-exam: Any changes in the look or feel of breasts should be reported right away. Breast self-exam for women should start in their 20s.

Although risk for breast cancer includes factors that cannot be changed, such as being female, age and family history, there are some things a woman can do that can help reduce her risk of getting breast cancer. They include staying at a healthy weight throughout life, adopting a physically active lifestyle and limiting alcohol consumption.

We as a community have a responsibility to do everything we can to fight this terrible disease. If you would like to donate to Susan G Komen of Chicago they can be contacted by phone @ 877-GO KOMEN (877-465-6636) or online @ www.komenchicago.org. We thank you for your continued support.