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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, the month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Spearheaded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this annual initiative serves to raise
awareness about breast cancer and offer support to those impacted by the disease. The National
Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 297,790 new cases of breast cancer in 2023. Breast
cancer is also the second most common cancer in women behind skin cancer. Furthermore, 1 in 8
women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Given these statistics, I would like to use this
week’s article to share information about breast cancer risks and warning signs as well as the
important role cancer screenings and early detection play in fighting the disease.

Breast cancer occurs when malignant cells grow in the tissue of the breast. These cells
sometimes form into a tumor, which can be felt as a new lump or mass in the breast. While this
new lump, along with other unusual changes, may indicate the presence of cancerous cells,
breast cancer does not always present physical symptoms in the earliest stages of the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, however, cancer found at an early stage – when it is
small and has not spread – is easier to treat. For this reason, screening exams, such as
mammograms, are key to finding cancers before they start to cause symptoms, known as early

Breast cancer screenings are recommended for all women beginning after the age of 40.
However, individuals with a higher risk of the disease may need to be screened earlier and more
often. There are several key factors that are used in determining a person’s risk level of
developing breast cancer, such as age, ethnicity, and family history. While some men, especially

those with a genetic history of the disease, have a risk of breast cancer, women represent 99
percent of all breast cancer cases and have a significantly higher risk of breast cancer than men.
In addition to this, the American Cancer Society states lifestyle also plays an important role in
determining a person’s risk level. These factors can include weight, alcohol and tobacco use,
physical activity level and diet.

To learn more about this important awareness month, you can visit the National Breast
Cancer Foundation website here: . More information about
the National Cancer Institute’s research can be found here: .
Additionally, for information about the different symptoms and risk factors for breast cancer,
please review the American Cancer Society’s guide here:

If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week's article,
please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my
office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to
contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time
to assist with questions, concerns, or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office,

– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32

Rep. Hunter represents Aransas County and part of Nueces County. He can be contacted at or at 512-463-0672.