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During October, individuals, families, and others, work to help women learn how to achieve longer, healthier and safe lives. According to Center for Disease Control, the leading causes of death in women in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. CDC reports that Americans suffer more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year. Further, heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of disability in our country with more than 3 million people reporting serious illness and decreased quality of life.
In addition, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 192,370 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year. More than 40,000 women lose their lives to this disease annually.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. According to National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is 98%.
You can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke by maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, eating a heart healthy diet, being physically active on a regular basis, stop smoking, and limiting alcohol intake.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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