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Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October 19, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a reminder for women to talk with their doctors and become better educated about cancer screenings. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Anne Arundel County. Detecting cancer early through screening offers the best chance of breast cancer survival. In addition, some studies have suggested that women may be at an increased risk for cancer due to several lifestyle factors.

Practicing the following healthy lifestyle tips may reduce your cancer risk:

• Maintain a healthy weight

• Eat a healthy, balanced diet

• Stay physically active

• Avoid tobacco products

• Limit alcohol intake

Beginning at age 40, women should discuss mammography with their doctors to determine what is best for them. By age 50, all women should receive regular mammograms. Mammograms are the best method to detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. The Department of Health offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible Anne Arundel County women. For more information about free breast exams and mammograms, call 410-222-6180 or visit www.learntolivehealthy.org.

The Department of Health’s Learn To Live program offers a free women’s health kit to county residents. The kit includes information on cancer screenings, healthy lifestyle tips and other women’s health topics. To receive a women’s health kit, call the Learn To Live Line at 410-222-7979 or visit www.learntolivehealthy.org.

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