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Paint the Town Pink is honoring breast cancer awareness in Chippewa Falls through the month of October.

About 160 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the Bay of Plenty. According to Kim Deti, Public Information Officer for the Wyoming Department of Health, early detection is incredibly significant.

Serena Williams kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month by performing topless to bring awareness to the importance of breast self-examination.

Although the risk for breast cancer increases with age, the American College of Radiology recommends that women start annual screenings at age 40. Money raised will help fund lifesaving research and free services including Daffodil Centres and the Freephone Cancer Nurseline. An MRI machine uses a magnet and radio waves to create pictures of the interior of your breast.

"Our main goal is to eliminate barriers to care and assist patients in obtaining the proper resources they need for their care", Aispuro said. Elizabeth Harris with the American Cancer Society said wearing pink can help those people and the three million breast cancer survivors know they are not alone.

We as oncology nurses are uniquely positioned to be able to make a big impact in addressing this disparity in breast cancer mortality. I urge everyone to be checked annually - yes, even men can have breast cancer. Blenz has donated more than $100,000 over the past five years.

Susan G. Komen® is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, after the USA government. Effective treatment becomes more hard if the cancer has spread, making the chance of survival much lower.

Limit your alcohol drinking: Perhaps an occasional drink for the heart may be good but it definitely does not fare well for women who can develop breast cancer. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about breast cancer and discuss your personalized risk factors and options.

"We can evaluate breast cancer patients in a comprehensive, single-day setting - helping to decrease the time between diagnosis and treatment", said breast cancer surgeon Dr. Lisa Minton, in a statement.