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Porch lights promote breast cancer awareness in October

The Livingston County Health Department wants to help turn your porch pink. 
The health department is selling pink light bulbs for $4 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Health department officials are encouraging residents to light a pink bulb on porches or in windows throughout October, according to a news release. The purpose of the lights is to serve as a reminder to women to get regular breast exams and mammograms.
Women between the ages of 35 and 64 who live in Livingston County but do not have health insurance, can get free mammograms, the health department stated in its news release. Women ages 35 to 64 who have health insurance with a high deductible can receive assistance to cover their deductible if they need diagnostic services. Both of these benefits are provided though the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, which is administered by the health department.
Medical professionals report there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, so early detection is the best defense. When cancer is found early and is confined to breast, the five-year survival rate is higher than 95 percent, the health department reports. Regular screenings can detect cancer early.

The most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and aging. However, anyone can develop breast cancer — 1 percent of breast cancer patients are men. Younger women also can develop breast cancer. 

In addition to getting breast exams and mammograms, paying attention to and knowing how breasts normally look and feel is important. If a person notices any change in either breast, the best route is to contact a health care provider immediately.
For more information about purchasing pink light bulbs, or IBCCP benefits, call 815-844-7174.

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