According to the federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women.
Roughly one in eight women born in the U.S. today will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, the agency said.
Most women can survive if breast cancer is detected and treated early.
On Monday, September 23, ABC 7 meteorologist Tracy Butler shared with viewers that she recently has been treated for breast cancer. She's doing great! Tracy was joined on the morning newscast by Dr. Arpi Thukral an oncologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital's Bhorade Cancer Center and they discussed the importance of early detection.
Tracy's released the following statement: "I'm good. I'm really doing so very well. The strength & support of my family & my very close friends has been instrumental in such a positive outcome. But my message is one of motivation to everyone to pay attention to YOU! Give yourself a GIFT & take care of you."
Start spreading the word to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early. Here are some local resources to share with family, friends or people within your community:
Radiation Oncology Consultants: https://www.chicagocancer.org/
American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/
The organization is also raising awareness and funds in October through its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. It's a 3- to 5-mile walk that celebrates survivors and serves as an opportunity to remember lost loved ones.
Advocate Cancer Institute: https://www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/health-services/cancer-institute/
Wellness House for Living with Cancer: https://wellnesshouse.org