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Breast cancer conference held in San Francisco

The Cancer Prevention Institute of California held its annual conference in San Francisco this year, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The event was open to the general public with a $20 admissions fee. The conference included speakers from Stanford University, California Pacific Medical Center, UC San Francisco and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation among other centers.

The topics that were covered included cancer screening, family genetics, diagnosis, treatment, side effects associated with treatment, breast reconstruction surgery and external exposures and risks of cancer.

Admission included registration, breakfast and lunch.

In 2010, more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer was diagnosed in women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Statistically, about one in eight women in the United States and other developed countries will have breast cancer at some point in her life.

While breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer as well as cause of death for women in the U.S., breast cancer rates have been decreasing due to early detection, according to the ACS. Women are encouraged to have yearly mammograms, especially those over the age of 40.
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