South Carolina Participates in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness.  Each year thousands of women are diagnosed with the deadly disease.  Over 200,000 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in 2013. This year over 39,000 cases are expected to be fatal.  According to cancer.org, “breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women”.

In order to lower the risk of breast cancer women should maintain healthy lifestyle habits including proper nutrition, keeping active, responsible communication with your healthcare provider, monthly self-breast examinations, and required screenings such as mammograms.  While research and treatments have made extensive strides in curing breast cancer there is a great need for continued efforts.

Communities in South Carolina participate in several activities during the month of October to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer.  In Columbia on Saturday, October 18th the annual Walk/Race for Life will take place at Finlay Park.  Hosted by the Palmetto Health Foundation.  Charleston, South Carolina will host the Komen Lowcountry for the Cure on Daniel Island on October 18th as well.  On September 27th Greenville hosted the SC Mountains to Midlands, Komen Race for the Cure to raise awareness as well.  South Carolina continues to contribute to the national effort to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer in hopes to one day finds the cure.

For additional information please visit www.cancer.org.

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