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3-Oct-14 11:45 AM  CST  

Remembering National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA), The American Cancer Society, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, would like to remind individuals of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and the American Cancer Society estimates approximately 40,000 women die from breast cancer each year.

            This is a very important awareness month for those who are currently fighting breast cancer, know someone who is fighting breast cancer, or will be remembering someone special who passed away from breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer is key in the discovery and treatment of this type of cancer.  Monthly breast self exams are just as important as an exam completed by a medical doctor and are encouraged. Breast exams should also be performed by a doctor and mammograms can detect breast cancer as well to save precious lives. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women aged 40 and over receive an annual mammogram for the detection of cancer.

            ABC News encourages cancer prevention, learning, examination, knowledge of density of your breast from your doctor, knowledge of family genetics of your chances for getting breast cancer, and proper education for yourself and others.

            Pharmacy technicians can take the ABC News Pink Pledge by going to to learn more about breast cancer and take the pledge.





1.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Web Information. National Breast Cancer Foundation.

2.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Web Information. American Cancer Society.

3.  “ABC News Goes Pink.” ABC News.

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Source: Jennifer S. O’Reilly

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