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The American Cancer Society, which has been saving lives for 100 years, is urging women during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to join the Society in the fight to end breast cancer once and for all.

As the leader in the fight to end breast cancer, the Society estimates more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and more than 40,000 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2013.

“The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history and we encourage all women to take steps every day to stay well from breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol intake,” Vicky Hughes, of the American Cancer Society said. “Thanks in part to the progress we’re making together, death rates from breast cancer have dropped by 33 percent since the early 1990s. This translates to 184,000 lives saved that would’ve otherwise been lost to breast cancer.”

The Society helped establish mammography as the standard to find breast cancer early, and recommends that women 40 and older have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam.

Also, the Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam at least once every three years.

Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the Society for help and support. The Society provides help and support 24 hours a day through 1-800-227-2345 or cancer.org to anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis, and is doing the most to help people with breast cancer today while working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.

Here are a few ways to join the Society in the fight to end breast cancer:

• Get started at cancer.org/fightbreastcancer.

• Fundraise and walk in one of our 300 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events across the U.S., or participate virtually at MakingStridesWalk.org.

• Make a donation.

• Volunteer to help people with breast cancer in your community.

• Take action to help make fighting breast cancer a top national priority at acscan.org/makingstrides.

The American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), continues to fight back against breast cancer by working to increase funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) that provides low-income, uninsured and underinsured women access to mammograms and Pap tests. Current funding only enables the program to serve less than one in five eligible women ages 40 to 64 nationwide.

ACS CAN encourages anyone touched by this disease to let Congress know that support for the NBCCEDP is important, and that an increase in funding for this program is vital to its continuation.

To get involved, or to learn more about this effort, please visit acscan.org/breastcancer.

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