Men and women urged to take action during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hampden County

Breast cancer continues to touch the lives of countless individuals.

One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

The month of October is dedicated to promoting increased awareness of this disease. Women and men are being encouraged to take action during this month long campaign, a recommendation one woman touched by the disease says shouldn’t be ignored.

“Get an early diagnosis, so that you can be treated rapidly and beat cancer,” said Dale Foley.

Experts at the Baystate Breast and Wellness Center suggest women ages 40 and older receive a mammogram every one to two years. Screenings will also vary depending on your risk of developing the disease. 

In 2017 more than 430 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed at Baystate Medical Center. 

“The incidents of breast cancer, interestingly enough in Massachusetts it’s slightly higher than the rest of the country,” said Anne Campbell-Maxwell, the Program Manager of Breast and Surgical Oncology at Baystate. “Overall it’s about 268,000 a year.”

Maxwell said men make up roughly 10 percent of breast cancer patients seen each year.

But more people are beating the disease. In early stages, the five year survival rate is about 99 percent. 

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