In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors will facilitate free breast exams as part of an evening of awareness. Breast Fest takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the main hall of the Schubert Building at the Pride Center. The events also features vendor booths, live entertainment, refreshments, raffles and more.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.

According to the American Cancer Society, the two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Any woman whose mother, sister, or daughter has or had breast cancer is at higher risk. Being overweight, especially after menopause, or drinking alcohol may add to the risk. Women who haven’t had children and haven’t breastfed, and are older when they first give birth – all factors more likely to affect lesbians and bisexual women – are also at a slightly higher risk.

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