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"We are trying to give these two institutions in Jacksonville the extra money they can use to offer cutting-edge treatments and make some research breakthroughs", said Sara Strom, a volunteer who leads the organization's publicity efforts.

This schedule is set - rain or shine. Because so many people are affected each year, October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walks begin at 9.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Holm Automotive Center.

But what is breast cancer and is there any way to avoid it?

"I watched my mom go through breast cancer, I watched my mom loose every hair on her head, I watched my mom pass away". About 440 of them will die from it. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.

"Cancer does affect so many of us and it does affect men especially when they have a wife, a sister, a mother who has breast cancer", added Goodrich.

Families come in many forms. Overlake conducts more than 20,000 screening mammograms each year.

As the Washington Post reports, breast cancer deaths had increased by 0.4 percent each year from 1975 and 1989. Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

When it is discovered, symptoms and treatment are the same as for a woman. Annette had gone to her doctor after she found a lump in her breast.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario encourages women between the ages of 50 and 74 to talk to a health care provider about being screened for breast cancer as part of their regular health routine.

"Breast cancer is a very, very different animal".

Often, an abnormal mammogram is the only way to detect breast cancer. It's also important to remember that family history is not always the underlying cause.

"They saved my life", she said, "I have nothing but positive things to say about the veterans hospital".

"I think every woman, starting at age 40, should have a mammogram", she said. Since her battle, Annette has devoted much of her time to raising awareness of this life-threatening disease.


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