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10/3: Breast Cancer Awareness Events

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Eau Claire (Mayo Clinic Health System) -- October is breast cancer awareness month. Women and those who care for them need to know the importance of regular breast exams to prevent cancer. Mayo Clinic Health System has many events happening this month in support of breast cancer awareness.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer other than skin cancer. Breast cancer kills more U.S. women than other cancers, except lung cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, but thanks to advances in cancer research, breast cancer death rates have been dropping since 1989.

What are the symptoms?

  • Mass in the breast
  •  Breast pain
  •  Nipple discharge
  •  Nipple or skin dimpling
  •  Focal swelling or redness

What are the risk factors?

  •  Being female
  •  Getting older - nearly 80% of cases found in women age 50 or older
  •  Family history
  •  Estrogen exposure
  •  Dense breast tissue
  •  High risk breast lesions

How is it detected and/or diagnosed?

  •  Self-breast examination
  •  Clinical breast examination
  •  Mammography, beginning at age 40 for women with average risk

Do women need a mammogram if their risk is low?

  •  85% of women who get breast cancer have no family history
  •  Most women have no symptoms

What are some of the ways people can help support breast cancer awareness and research?

  • October events where funds are raised to support American Cancer Society breast cancer awareness and cancer research are:
    • Wednesday, Oct. 4
  • Dig for a Cure Volleyball Game, UW-Stout vs Augsburg University at the Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie Game start at 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 14
  • Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk at State Theatre in Eau Claire
    • Wednesday, Oct. 25
  • Dig for a Cure Volleyball Game, UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-Stout at the McPhee Center in Eau Claire. Game start at 7 p.m.

Hope in the Valley:
All funds raised support the American Cancer Society and all cancers. Encouraging women of all ages to come for the Primp, Pamper and Prevent event on

  • Saturday, October 21
  • River Prairie Center - 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Retreat Center
  • Cost: $20/person
  • Beauty & fitness demonstrations, food & beverage sampling, painting class, massage, floral arrangement, wellness information & services by Mayo Clinic Health System
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