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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - More people survive breast cancer, thanks in part to early detection. But a new ABC News poll highlights persistent, perhaps even widening holes in women's understanding of their risk for the disease and their knowledge about the screening tests that are right for them.

The poll, conducted for ABC's month-long series on breast cancer, found that 50 percent of women said they'd discussed breast cancer with their doctors, down from 58 percent in 2007. And 46 percent expressed concern about their own risk, down from 61 percent in 2007. To read more visit:

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over her lifetime, and there are a range of different types.

Talking about your breast health with your doctor is critical to catching and treating it early if it develops. The Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center at 525 W. Junipero Street offers a variety of free services for women and men who may be recovering or going through the cancer. Resources include educational programs, support groups, and reflexology.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among American women, right after lung cancer.

For information visit: Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center

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