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October brings awareness to breast cancer

By Stewart Moore - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for many ladies, this is a reminder to keep in contact with your friends about getting checked.

Doctors have found regular checks to be a safe bet in helping more women stay alive.

The month's success is not measured in the money raised or the pink shirts sold, but the impact it's having in the lives of millions of people who are getting regular screenings.

"In the 1950's, before screening for mammograms, people would feel a lump and see their doctor about a lump, mortality was around 40 - 50 percent," said Dr. Lynn Tucker. "Now were talking about 10 - 15 percent. Major difference by finding it before you can feel it."

As the word spreads on the importance for prevention, technology has also improved on treating breast cancer.

Dr. Tucker says that is not the only part that has improved.

In the 25 years of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, support groups of survivors have helped people will their way through the battle.

"Gives you some hope that we can get through this," said Dr. Tucker. "After it's all over with, you are going to do great. That's the great news about breast cancer. The majority of people with Breast cancer do great!"

Dr.  Tucker says every woman starting at the age of 40 should have an annual mammogram.

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