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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In the United States, about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection and treatment make the disease a highly survivable one. The current survival rate for women in the U-S is over 90 percent and even higher the earlier it is caught and treated. Women between 20 and 39 should get a breast exam every 3 years. Women older than that should have on each year. All women should conduct regular self-checks. Administrator at the Nodaway County Health Department Della Rhodes says while exams can be intimidating and easily delayed, they have a huge hand in catching cancer early.
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