By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate

Cancer is not prejudice and unfortunately affects men and women of all walks of life.  October has been declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, is the second leading cause of death among women.  All people, male or female, are born with some form of breast tissue, therefore does not eliminate males from developing breast cancer, though highly rare with only around two thousand diagnosed each year.

Though difficult to pinpoint the cause for any disease, there are practices that can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.  Some of these risk factors include drinking alcohol, smoking, lack of physical activity, hormone replacement therapy, poor diet, and radiation to the chest.  However, with one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer, there are many more risk factors that you cannot control, such as genetics, age, race, early menstruation, late…

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