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My name is Kimberly Elicker, and I live in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  My mother recently had her first mammogram, and they found a spot.  It was a tumor, and she needed surgery to remove the tumor.  Once everything was all over, they found out that it was benign, but it was still a big scare to my family.  This made me think just how much a mammogram is worth it.  If the lump they found was cancerous, it was early enough that it could have been taken care of.

I wanted a way to spread the message about breast cancer.  It is quite simple.  Prevention and early detection is the purpose of my campaign.  Daily exercise and eating healthy can greatly reduce the risk of many health risks, including breast cancer.  I am personally working on a plan of my own.  I call it the 3-5-10 plan.  I try to drink 3 glasses of milk a day.  I try to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day.  And I try to walk 10,000 steps a day.  I do not think of my plan as a diet, but simply a healthier way of life.  My campaign is to make people aware of the ways to avoid breast cancer.  Making small healthy decisions here and there throughout the day can really pay off in the end.  As for early detection, take the necessary steps to maintaining healthy breasts.  Perform regular self-breast exams, and receive regular mammograms if you are over 40 years old.  Most cancers that are caught early can be treated and eliminated.

People spend millions of dollars a year to search for a cure for breast cancer.  I think that a more effective way to reduce breast cancer is to simply educate people.  By making small changes to our lifestyle, we can save lots of money and stress by preventing breast cancer.  The information is out there, but not many people take the time to find it.  My project is devoted to bring the information to the people.