October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Bishop Wellness Center at Willamette University would like to help both women and men on campus become more aware and more pro-active in combating this disease that strikes 203,500 women annually.

While breast cancer is more common in women over age 50, it does occur in women of all ages. More than 75 percent of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. A small percentage of men also develop breast cancer each year.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has provided shower stall cards at no cost to WU employees and students. The cards, which explain the importance and the technique involved with monthly self breast-exams, are being sent to each employee's mailbox and are also available for students at the Wellness Center. Students who pick up their free shower card are eligible to enter a drawing to win a book called, "Our Bodies, Our Selves."