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National Health Observances for October 2021

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. Research estimates that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her life. Men are at a lesser risk, making up only 1% of breast cancer patients. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to devise a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

If localized breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 100%! That’s why you should see your doctor regularly and conduct monthly breast exams so you can watch for symptoms that include:

  • Nipple tenderness, or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  • A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast (Some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture.)
  • A lump in the breast

Though there is no way to fully prevent breast cancer, there are ways to lower your risk. Speak with your doctor and visit www.breastcancer.org to learn more.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Eye Injury Prevention Month

Health Literacy Month

Home Eye Safety Month

International Walk to School Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Medical Librarians Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

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