Kim Durst
Kim Durst

October 25, 2017

American Cancer Society’s work to attack breast cancer on every front doesn’t begin or end in October.

We help women year-round get tested to find breast cancer earlier, understand their treatment options, and cope with side effects of the disease. We also fund research to help prevent, find and treat breast cancer.

If you’re a woman 40 or older of average risk for breast cancer, talk to your health-care provider about the breast-cancer screening plan that’s best for you. If you’ve been diagnosed, we’re here to help you make informed decisions about treatment and living well during treatment and beyond.

Did you know:

— Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S., after skin cancer. By the end of 2017, an estimated 252,710 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

— An estimated 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die from the disease in 2017.

— Breast cancer is not only a women’s disease. It is predicted that nearly 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 440 men will die from it in 2017.

— Breast-cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent since 1989. This translates to 322,600 deaths avoided over the last 28 years. The steep declines are attributed to improvements in treatments and early detection by mammography.

Women can help lower their risk of breast cancer by making health lifestyle changes:

— Get to and stay at a healthy weight. Studies show obesity and excess weight increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Losing even a small amount of weight has health benefits and is a good place to start.

— Be physically active. Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a lower risk of breast cancer compared with women who get no exercise. Doing even a little physical activity beyond your regular daily routine can have many health benefits.

— Limit alcohol. Many studies have confirmed that drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer in women. If you do drink alcohol, the American Cancer Society recommends women limit themselves to no more than one drink per day.

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, make sure they know where to turn for help — to learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at

If you would like to get involved with the Relay for Life of Carroll County as a team or be on the Event Leadership Team (committee), contact the Relay for Life of Carroll County Event Leads, Kevin or Erin Milligan, at 712-210-7441 or 563-542-4423.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Relay for Life of Carroll County Kickoff Rally at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Carrollton Centre. The featured speaker will be Carroll native, ACS researcher Dr. Kenneth Nepple from the University of Iowa.

Join us for the 2018 Relay for Life of Carroll County starting at noon Friday, June 22, at the Carroll Soccer Complex.

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Kim Durst is a senior community manager with the American Cancer Society.