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Hague woman to participate in D.C. walk

Donations to fight breast cancer

Lori Ross of Hague will participate in the Avon Walk Fort Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C., May 5 and 6. It’s a 39-mile trek  around the city. This will be her third time taking part in the walk.

Lori Ross of Hague will participate in the Avon Walk Fort Breast Cancer in Washington, D.C., May 5 and 6. It’s a 39-mile trek around the city. This will be her third time taking part in the walk.

— — every 3 minutes, there is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer;

— approximately 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year;

— every 13 minutes, a life is lost to breast cancer;

— 39,520 women and 450 men in the U.S. will die from the disease annually;

— the National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 2.6 million U.S. women with a history of breast cancer are living today, more than half of whom were diagnosed less than 10 years earlier. Most of these individuals were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may still be undergoing treatment;

— there are more than 250,000 women under the age of 40 in the U.S living with breast cancer, and over 11,000 will be diagnosed this year;

— White, non-Hispanic women are more likely to develop breast cancer but African-American women are more likely to die from it;

— breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women;

— men get breast cancer too. Survival for men with breast cancer is similar to survival for women, when their stage of diagnosis is the same;

— men at any age may develop breast cancer, but it is usually found in men between 60 and 70 years of age. Male breast cancer makes up less than 1 percent of all cases of breast cancer; and

— male breast cancer is sometimes caused by inherited gene mutations, and a family history of breast cancer can increase a man’s risk.

Ross stressed early detection of the disease saves lives. She urged people to get regular health exams and to get more information by going online at www.avonwalk.org.

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