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Surviving Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Tiffany Sisson tells you the stories of local survivors and how you can catch breast cancer before it's too late.  Here's a look at Tiffany's special reports from Heartland News at 5 p.m.

Surviving Breast Cancer: Financial Help for the Fight
It's difficult for some of us to imagine getting sick, and not getting treatment because of no health insurance. That's an obstacle facing a lot of women.
Surviving Breast Cancer: Race For A Cure
The race to find a cure for breast cancer is at a full sprint. Everyday, researchers are trying new drugs, and new treatments to make the disease a distant memory.
Surviving Breast Cancer: Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is something women think they know all about: Look for lumps, have mammograms, see our doctors. But, none of that will save you from one silent breast cancer killer.
Surviving Breast Cancer: Bosom Buddies
If you've been through a difficult situation, then you know having someone to fall back on can be a real lifesaver, not just physically, but emotionally as well. That includes surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Surviving Breast Cancer: Turning Point
Early detection saves lives! That's the message being spread by the American Cancer Society. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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Breast Cancer Facts
  • In the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women.
  • Each year, a small number of men also are diagnosed with or die from breast cancer.
  • Although the breast cancer diagnosis rate has increased, there has been a steady drop in the overall breast cancer death rate since the early 1990s.
  • While the incidence rate is lower for African Americans than Whites, the mortality rate is higher. Women of other racial and ethnic groups have lower incidence and mortality rates.
  • It is estimated that approximately $8.1 billion is spent in the United States each year on treatment of breast cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute estimates that, based on current rates, 13.2 percent of women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives.

Source:  National Cancer Institute

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