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POSTED ON October 01, 2014

Dear Friend, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is important to me that every Iowan understands just how serious breast cancer can be. The message of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is clear: early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives. Breast cancer is the leading form of cancer in women in the United States, and according to the American Cancer Society, it will strike an estimated 232,670 women this year. With numbers like this, it is likely that many of us will, or already have been, personally affected by this horrific disease. Most people don't know that it threatens both the women and men in our lives, our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our fathers, our husbands, our sons, and our friends. Statistics show that women living in North America have the highest rate of breast cancer in the world, yet with each passing year more women than ever are able to claim that they are breast cancer survivors. In fact, i...