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Breast cancer survivors celebrate life and family

October 4, 2018
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A Breast Cancer Survivors Dinner, for those who received treatment at Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, is held Tuesday at New Baptist Church in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Breast cancer survivors who received care at the Cabell Huntington Hospital Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center were invited Tuesday to a celebration dinner hosted by the center at the New Baptist Church in Huntington.

Survivors and their families were treated to dinner, entertainment and raffles during the annual event aimed at celebrating life. It is part of the hospital’s Breast Cancer Awareness month activities, including the cancer center being lit pink for the month of October.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, behind lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, death rates from female breast cancer dropped 39 percent from 1989 to 2015. Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women.

These decreases are believed to be the result of finding breast cancer earlier through screening and increased awareness, as well as better treatments.

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