• Susan G. Komen Race

  • Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure

    Visit komenacadiana.org to register.
    The OPT Network is a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The 5k  run/walk helps raise funds to provide life-saving breast cancer support to  thousands of women in Central Louisiana. One hundred percent of the net proceeds  will help fund Komen's promise to end breast cancer forever. Seventy-five  percent of the proceeds will stay here is the seven parishes of Central  Louisiana to fund breast health education, screening and treatment. The  remaining twenty-five percent is earmarked for national research.



    Information source --komen.org

    Risk Factors

    The causes of breast cancer  are not fully known. However, researchers have identified a number of factors  that increase one’s chances of getting breast cancer. These are called risk  factors. Risk factors do not cause breast cancer, but  can increase the chances of getting breast cancer. Some women have many risk  factors, but never get breast cancer. And, some women have no risk factors aside 
    from being a woman and getting older, and  still get the disease. Talk to your health care provider about your personal  risk.

    There are some risk factors  you can control, and others you cannot. Even if you do not have any of these  risk factors, you can still develop breast  cancer. (Source Komen.org)


    Warning Signs

    Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are  diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. However,  not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The most common symptoms  of breast cancer are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the  look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

    More About Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. Breast cancer knows no boundaries - be it age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

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