October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By Sharon Pederson
I think most Americans know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. All women should have a mammogram each year starting at age 40. Sign up for a reminder at “http://www.cancer.org”>www.cancer.org. Mammography will detect 90% of breast cancers in women without symptoms. The 5-year relative survival rate for localized breast cancer has increased from 80% in the 1950’s to 98% today. “TLC” catalog is the American Cancer Society’s catalog and magazine for women. It offers helpful articles and a line of products made for women fighting cancer. Products include wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, bras, hats, turbans, swimwear, and accessories. You can order by phone at 1-800-850-9445 or online at www.tlccatalog.org. All proceeds from product sales go back into the Society’s programs and services for patients and survivors. Look Good, Feel Better is a free program to help with appearance-related side effects of treatment. It is a free program that teaches people in active cancer treatment ways to help with their changing appearance such as drawing on eyebrows that have been lost from chemotherapy treatment. This program is offered jointly by the Society; the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA); and the National Cosmetology Association. Visit Look GoodFeel Better at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call 1-800-395-5665. It is possible for women to feel natural and beautiful while going through cancer treatments.
Pederson is the Mission Delivery Chairperson, Pierce County Relay For Life.
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