Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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This October marks the 20th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Santa Clarita Valley has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and help raise financial hope for those fighting this deadly disease.

You can eat, drink and help raise funds at Kabuki when you upgrade any roll to pink soy paper. For each roll that’s gone pink, they will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen of Los Angeles County to help find a cure.

If you are in the mood fun, then take part in the Carole Hunt Memorial “Bingo or Bust” held at the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital on October 21st from 6- 9:30pm. Buy in is $35 prepaid and $45 at the door. The funds raised benefit the Shelia R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center in Santa Clarita and will help to pay for services of those that can’t afford it.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,290 women will die from breast cancer

Millions of women are surviving thanks to early detection and better treatments. Here are a few proactive guidelines from the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center:

Women are encouraged to get yearly mammograms starting at age 40.

Clinical Breast exams every three years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and every year for women over 40.

Self breast exams every month for women starting in the 20’s