October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, and the most diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. Although breast cancer primarily affects women, men do on occasion develop breast cancer.

Like any other cancer, the key to survival and effective treatment is early detection. While our practice focuses on colorectal cancers, which are the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women, we encourage everyone to seek cancer screenings at recommended intervals, and do regular self exams.

The rate of cancer deaths in the United States has declined over the early 1990’s, while the overall rate of cancer diagnosis has stayed relatively stable. Much of this success can be attributed to the effectiveness of early detection guidelines and public outreach campaigns.

Check yourself, and get checked. Together we can keep the rate of cancer deaths declining.