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Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Breast cancer awareness month

October 9, 2019
By Karen Washburn , Pine Island Eagle

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is a perfect time to tell everyone about From Our Hearts and its mission.

According to the American Can-cer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance that she will develop breast cancer.

And breast cancer does not just occur in women. Men get breast cancer, too. About 2,670 new cases of invasive cancer in men will be diagnosed in 2019.

The good news is that death rates from female breast cancer dropped 40% from 1989 to 2016. These decreases are believed to be a result of finding breast cancer earlier through screening and increased awareness, as well as better treatments.

From Our Hearts, a program of the Beacon of HOPE United Way House, is committed to raising funds so that all eligible Pine Island residents have access to breast cancer screening and treatment. From Our Hearts works with Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Lee Cancer Care and Beacon of HOPE to provide breast care and referrals.

Early detection is the key. Commit to doing monthly breast self-exams and get recommended screening mammograms. If you have a concern, medical or financial, contact the Beacon of HOPE's Case Managers to find out about assistance.

Also, join From Our Hearts at its PINK FEST on Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon to 7 p.m. at Miceli's Restaurant in Matlacha to support our community and honor those in the fight, past and present. It takes an Island.



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