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According to the American Cancer Society, every year more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Annual screening for breast cancer has been proven to save women’s lives. Thanks to early detection, there are thousands of women who have beat breast cancer. Until recently, 2-D mammography was the standard method used to detect breast cancer in women. But, mammography isn’t perfect, and many women feel great anxiety at the thought of a mammogram. Mammograms don’t always provide the clearest results, causing many painful, often unneeded, biopsies. That’s changing in a good way.

Mission Hospital and Buncombe County have come up with a new birth certificate system that can be done right from the new baby's hospital room. The hospital will have an internet connection with the Register of Deeds office. That way, parents can apply for the certificate before they ever take their infant home. Click here to watch the WLOS News 13 coverage of this new service.  

Research shows that nearly 40 infants die in North Carolina each year due to unsafe sleeping environments.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for baby's first six months. That's because mother's milk is the best thing for your baby, and it's good for mothers as well. Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, nutrients and antibodies for healthy babies. Breast-fed children tend to get sick less often and have fewer allergies, diabetes, ear infections, asthma, eczema or other problems. Read the full article at the Asheville Citizen-Times.  

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – for Life!” So what does that really mean? All of us, especially mothers, have busy lives. Each day flies by so quickly, there’s barely time to worry about your own health, let alone the well-being of a small, virtually helpless being.  Read the full story at The Biltmore Beacon.    

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