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Experts from Baystate Help Answer Your Breast Cancer Questions

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The American Cancer Society estimates that over 200,000 people will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2013.

The CDC says that it’s also the most frequently occurring cancer among women of all races and Hispanic origin populations.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Monday night, experts from the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Health were on-hand at ABC40 to answer your questions.

From screening and diagnosis, to treatment and research, our panel of experts helped you get the information you need.

One of the interesting topics that came up was breast cancer and men.

Dr. Richard Arenes, Chief of Surgical Oncology at Baystate told us, “I think that’s one thing you have to be concerned about. That men would never think of the possibility, so they may let these symptoms go on for a period of time before they are actually evaluated.  So if they understand there is that possibility, they are more apt to go to their doctor, and say ‘I have a problem. Can it be looked at more closely?’.”

Tonight’s special was part of ABC40′s partnership with the Rays of Hope – A Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer.  The annual event will celebrate its 20th anniversary on October 20.

In addition to taking your calls, our experts also took questions online. You can read a transcript of those submitted online by clicking below: