October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to increasing public awareness of early detection and value of early treatment. Although mammogram rates have risen, it is still crucial to understand the importance of early screening. Approximately 180, 000 American women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer disease each year, and it is the leading killer of women in midlife (ages forty to fifty-five) . The only cancer that kills more women overall is lung cancer, but breast cancer is actually responsible for more years of life lost because it generally afflicts younger women. At Women fitness you learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.