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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday - Sep 27, 2006

More Women are Eligible for Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an observance meant to draw attention to a disease that claims tens of thousands of lives each year in the U.S.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women after lung cancer. American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates for 2005 indicate 211,240 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,410 died from the disease. A small percentage of breast cancer cases occur in men. ASC estimates for 2005 also indicate 1,690 men in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer and 460 died from the disease.

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