6abc Beating the Odds Against Breast Cancer 2015


Abington-Jefferson Health and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Independence Blue Cross, and the American Cancer Society are working together during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to educate women and men about breast cancer. We want to help you learn how to Beat the Odds and finish the fight against breast cancer!

Every woman knows she needs to get regular mammograms when she reaches a certain age. This is still the main screening procedure for detecting breast cancer, and for women with breast cancer who need to determine the extent of the disease. Although there's been some debate regarding when a woman should start mammogram screenings, many professional medical societies, including the American Cancer Society, suggest starting at age 40 and continuing with annual mammograms. Currently, mammography is the best cancer screening tool out there; it has helped to reduce breast cancer mortality by almost one third since 1990.


However, we know "getting checked" is not always an easy conversation to start.

This year, share this message with someone you love, and let a picture do the talking. Print out the poster below, and join our movement to beat the odds against breast cancer. Share your photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #6abcBeatCancer; together, we can make strides towards beating this disease!
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Action News Series with Ali Gorman, R.N.

Tune in to Action News in October for the 6abc Beating the Odds against Breast Cancer series with Ali Gorman, R.N.


Join us for a Live Video Web Chat Friday, October 16th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM featuring experts from Abington-Jefferson Health and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Chat with experts about breast cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. Send us your questions now- and log on 4PM Friday for the answers!




Because of improvement in cancer treatment and early detections, more women are celebrating another birthday this year. Whether you're worried about developing breast cancer, making decisions about treatment, trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help.

It is important to know your risk of developing breast cancer and take control of the lifestyle choices we know have an influence. For women of average risk, screening should start at the age of 40. Early detection provides the best chance of Beating the Odds!

FREE Breast Cancer Screening and Education
Oct 21, 2015, Wednesday, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Abington-Jefferson Health and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Willow Grove, Northwood Building, Suite F
Willow Grove, PA
Please call 215-481-2586 to register.
Learn more here.






Walk or sponsor a walker at the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. This network unites nearly 300 communities to finish the fight, raises more than $60 million annually for the American Cancer Society, and helps more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday with their loved ones.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Philadelphia
Where: Memorial Hall West Fairmount Park
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Registration opens: 7:00 a.m.
Opening ceremony: 7:30 a.m.
Survivor Parade/Warm-up: 8:00 a.m.
Walk begins: 8:30 a.m. (5K-3.1 miles)

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Ocean City, NJ
Where: Ocean City Boardwalk
When: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Registration opens: 8:30 a.m.
Opening ceremony: TBD
Walk begins: 10:00 a.m. (5K-3.1 miles)

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pennsauken, NJ
Where: Cooper River Park-Jack Curtis Stadium
When: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Registration opens: 8:30 a.m.
Opening ceremony: TBD
Walk begins: 10:00 a.m. (5K-3.1 miles)

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Wilmington, DE
Where: Dravo Plaza-Wilmington Riverfront
When: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Registration opens: 7:00 a.m.
Opening ceremony: 8:00 a.m.
5K Run begins: 9:00 a.m.
Walk begins: 9:30 a.m. (5K-3.1 miles)

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Montgomery County, PA
Where: Norristown Area High School and Farm Park
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Registration opens: 8:30 a.m.
Opening ceremony: TBD
Walk begins: 10:00 a.m. (5K-3.1 miles)

Comprehensive List of 2015 Making Strides Walks

Stories of Hope and Inspiration


Because of improvement in cancer treatment and early detections, more women are celebrating another birthday this year. Whether you're worried about developing breast cancer, making decisions about treatment, trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help.
Learn more.

It is important to know your risk of developing breast cancer and take control of the lifestyle choices we know have an influence. For women of average risk, screening should start at the age of 40. Early detection provides the best chance of Beating the Odds!



Early detection can be lifesaving when it comes to breast cancer. Mammograms, clinical exams, and self-exams help detect lumps and allow you to become familiar with your breasts so you know what is and is not normal. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine what is best for you.
Click here for a breast cancer overview.

The American Cancer Society also offers an annual mammogram reminder that can be found here.


Breast Cancer Facts


The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring those facing cancer have the help they need and continuing to fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer.

To find out how your support of the American Cancer Society helps save lives, click here.


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