Avoiding obesity more effective in fighting breast cancer than wearing pink? | 01/01/11

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In October - National Breast Cancer Awareness month, many people nationwide in the United States wear something pink to show their support for survivors, and help raise awareness of the disease, which is diagnosed in more than 175,000 women and kills 50,000 each year in the country.

The campaign has been around for 25 years and AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation says on its website "the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month" organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness

, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services."

The website provides lots of information about breast cancer regarding early diagnosis and treatment.  Unfortunately, there is virtually no information about prevention.

We would remind our readers and those who are actively involved in the campaign that wearing pink can help raise awareness and encourage women to receive breast cancer screening, but it does little to prevent the disease in the first place.  

It is important to remember that breast cancer in many cases is a preventable disease; following a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce risk of breast cancer drastically, as numerous studies have suggested.

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