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How the American Cancer Society is working to save lives

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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 9:59 am

The American Cancer Society is the most effective breast cancer-fighting organization in the world doing the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

We invest more in breast cancer research than any other cancer and have played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history.

Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help and support.  

We’re here 24 hours a day for you and the women you love with information, answers, and emotional support.

We work with lawmakers to increase funding for breast cancer research and ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Breast cancer diagnoses make up more than 10 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in Angelina County each year.

Thanks to your support, the American Cancer Society is doing the most in every community to help people with breast cancer today and striving to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.Two ways your American Cancer Society save lives:

■ Ground-breaking research: We’re investing in cutting-edge breast cancer research to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease.

■ Comprehensive support: One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for support.

Among the services we provide are transportation and lodging, the Reach to Recovery program and the Look Good…Feel Better program.

The following are the American Cancer Society Guidelines for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention:

■ Maintain a healthy weight throughout life.

■ Balance calorie intake with physical activity.

■ Avoid excessive weight gain throughout life.

■ Achieve and maintain a healthy weight if currently over¬weight or obese.

Adopt a physically active lifestyle.

■ Adults should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, above usual activities, on 5 or more days of the week; 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity is preferable.

■ Children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days per week.

Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant sources.

■ Choose foods and drinks in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

■ Eat five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.

■ Choose whole grains over processed (refined) grains.

■ Limit intake of processed and red meats.

If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit your intake.

■ Women should drink no more than one drink per day (or two per day for men).

Women 40 or older should have a mammogram every year.

For more information about the American Cancer Society and its services, call (800) 227-2345 or go to cancer.org. To reach the local office, call 634-2940.

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