Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Participants begin the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

Participants begin the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A participant runs during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

A participant runs during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. Approximately 200 people participated in the run, which was held to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Deanna Melin poses for a picture with her dog during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

Deanna Melin poses for a picture with her dog during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. The run was hosted by the 374th Medical Group department of radiology and health promotions to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Participants run during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

Participants run during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Participants wave their hands while running during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

Participants wave their hands while running during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. Approximately 200 people participated in the run, which was held to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A participants poses for a picture while running during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

A participants poses for a picture while running during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. Approximately 200 people participated in the run, which was held to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

A participant runs during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

A participant runs during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. The run was hosted by the 374th Medical Group department of radiology and health promotions to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

Lt.Col. Erik Abrames, 374th Surgical Operations Squadron radiologist, runs during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017.

Lt.Col. Erik Abrames, 374th Surgical Operations Squadron radiologist, runs during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Oct. 06, 2017. He was one of the organizers of this event and as a radiologist he oversees mammograms and breast ultrsounds.

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to acknowledge this members of Team Yokota participated in an awareness run Oct. 6, 2017.

The run was hosted by the 374th Medical Group department of radiology and health promotions to raise awareness about the importance of early detection for breast cancer.

Nearly 200 runners of all ages participated in the 5K run.

According Lt.Col. Erik Abrames, 374th Surgical Operations Squadron radiologist, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, one out of eight women get diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although breast cancer in men is uncommon, an estimated 2,000 men in America get diagnosed with breast cancer every year as well.

“Many patients can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early,”said Abrames. “A mammogram (the screening test for breast cancer) can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

“There is huge difference when you detect breast cancer early or late. If it’s detected early there are lots of treatment options and the prognosis is really good, if it’s detected late then it can be very unfortunate. It can be spread everywhere.”

Abrames highly recommends women 40 and older to get a mammogram every year, and all women to perform breast self-exams monthly.

“A lot of breast cancer is detected by women who feel a lump,” said Abrames. “So establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important, as well as, getting a screening mammogram.”

If you haven’t received screening mammogram at Yokota after the age of 40, contact radiology for an appointment or for questions at 225-7371.