It is estimated that well over 230-thousand new cases of breast cancer will occur among women this year alone and of those, over 39,500 deaths are expected. Mike Lefler is the Director of Communications for the Nebraska Region of the American Cancer Society and says this is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and they are encouraging women to put their health first. That includes proper nutrition, exercise and getting mammograms at age 40.
Lefler says one of their jobs is to make sure that women get the care they need once they are diagnosed with breast cancer. He says they also want women to take the preventative steps to prevent the illness. If you don’t know where to go to find that help, they will direct you.
Lefler says the American Cancer Society is the “Official Sponsor of Birthdays” and they want women to see the benefits of choosing to put their health first. He says more than 2.5-million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year thanks to early detection and improved treatment.
There will be a number of breast cancer awareness events throughout the month.