According to the Detroit Free Press and McLaren, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 300,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It is still the second highest cancer death among women.

As you know, each year, the month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by many governments, the media, and cancer survivors.

For many years I was a big part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which was held in downtown Lansing. I was grateful to be a part of it as I know so many others were as well. I met so many wonderful people including many women who have survived breast cancer and are living quality lives today.

Although men can have breast cancer, this disease is about 100 times more common in women than in men.

At McLaren, they want to remind every community that early detection saves lives.

Mammograms can help find breast cancer early, when treatments are more likely to be successful. For women with an average risk of breast cancer, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends an annual mammogram for women age 40 and older. (Detroit Free Press)

As you age, the risk for breast cancer increases. A significant way to reduce the incidence of breast cancer is to lead a life of overall health and wellness.

Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet of whole foods, limiting daily alcohol intake to 6 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of liquor for women, and participating in a daily exercise routine all help. (Detroit Free Press)

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