October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: this year an estimated 39,620 women will die from breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society or ACS. This year in Iowa it is estimated that nearly 17,500 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, 2,310 of those will be breast cancer; with an estimated 400 women across the state dying from breast cancer.
The ACS states that 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives and that excess body fat and alcohol increase the risk. To decrease the risk, regular physical activity and breastfeeding are recommended by the ACS.
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