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Friday, October 9, 2009

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MedicAlert Foundation Member News | October 2009
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Facts* Pink Beaded ID Bracelet

  • Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States.
  • 75% of cases occur in women over the age of 50.
  • More than 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • More than 43,000 women may die from the disease this year.
  • In the United States, one out of nine women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

The encouraging news is that breast cancer is being detected earlier, while the tumor is very small. With prompt treatment, the outlook for women with breast cancer is good. When cancer is detected early, treatment is more likely to save your life.

Men with breast cancer are rare, but about 1,600 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Like women's breast cancer, men's breast cancer can be cured or controlled if it is detected early and treated promptly.

MedicAlert Foundation recommends to those who have had a lumpectomy or mastectomy and who are also at risk of developing lymphedema (swelling of the soft tissues of the arm or hand) to wear a MedicAlert ID. Your engraved ID will alert medical personnel to avoid taking blood pressure measurements or drawing blood on your at-risk arm, thus reducing your risk of developing lymphedema.

*Source: http://www.cedars-sinai.edu

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Offer ends October 31, 2009. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

Member Story

Mary's Story

"I broke my arm in 2007 and I was in horrible pain. At the Emergency Room, I was barely able to speak because it hurt so much. When the nurse asked for my medical information, I gave her my MedicAlert Member Card. It had all of my health information on it. She was amazed and said everyone should have this service! I agree. It saved me a great deal of time and pain.

My husband also carries a copy of my MedicAlert card in his wallet in case my purse is unavailable and he needs to give medical personnel the information like my medications, drug allergies, etc. My card is worth the cost of the service! It has saved us both time and pain more than once."

- Mary Rodgers*

Millions of people trust MedicAlert to speak for them in an emergency. If you have a MedicAlert story you would like to share with others, click here to tell us your story.

*Name changed to protect member's identity


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