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The world is tinted pink in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pink mugs, pink ribbons on football helmets, pink gym socks, cars and boxes of spaghetti - even the pages of the newspaper you're reading right now.

More than 3,000 participants are expected at Suffolk County Community College's Eastern Campus on Sunday October 23 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the American Cancer Society's (ACS) premier event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.

All organizations present at the event have a specific focus, whether it is with support groups or fittings for wigs and prosthetics.

When should a woman start getting regular screening mammograms? "One pathway being a curative treatment, being surgery, that removes the entire breast or a mastectomy, the alternative treatment, which we call breast conserving therapy is where you have a lesser surgery", Galloway said. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 36, about 3 percent.

"Local cancer is just in the breast; regional has gone to the lymph nodes", she explained, noting the researchers discovered that more black women (34%) than white women (28%) are diagnosed with regional breast cancers.

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"We are starting now to look at lifetime overweight and obesity", Richardson said.

The authors noted that the drop in death rates among women may be due to improved education about the importance of appropriate breast cancer screening and treatment, as well as women having access to personalized and cutting-edge treatment.

The largest difference by race was among women ages 60-69 years: breast cancer death rates dropped 2.0 percent per year among white women, compared with 1.0 percent per year among black women. "Women should consider annual mammograms from age 40, then have mammograms every two years from age 50".You can beat breast cancer. The research team that Michael is working with are attempting to identify and understand a protein that may help detect the potential for breast cancer cells to become invasive. If there's a mass that feels like a rock-hard marble, go see your doctor.

Above all else, she said, women need to talk to their health care providers about mammograms.

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