October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. An average American woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in eight. But Dr. Brenda Peacock of Washington's Women's Care says every man and woman can take simple preventative measures to protect themselves from this potentially life-threatening disease. Exercise is one way, as well as a diet less in fat, but rich in antioxidants, and of course, a yearly mammogram. Caucasian women are at the highest risk of breast cancer, especially between the ages of 60 to 70 and that risk is even higher if they have a family history. Black women have a higher mortality rate. Washington women's care is offering free breast screenings throughout the month of October.
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