Thursday, September 17, 2009

Public service announcement: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but education and exams should be a year-round activity.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the U.S., aside from skin cancer. An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the U.S. this year, according to the American Cancer Society. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone.
Get the facts at the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month web site.
On a lighter note, here are some videos that raise awareness in a humorous way.
The first is a PSA called “Save the Boobs!” It was posted to YouTube on Sept. 8, 2009.
The second is an Onion News Network segment from Oct. 12, 2008. Two prospective Eagle Scouts explain how they are preventing breast cancer by helping women examine their breasts.
And finally here’s a photo of Seattle Mist Cornerback Harper Boiz and Quarterback Natasha Lindsey at a recent charity carwash. The Lingerie Football League’s Seattle Mist held a car wash on Sept. 9, 2009, to raise money for breast cancer research.

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