About 20 people every minute are victims of domestic violence in the United States.

More than 40,000 women in the United States will die of breast cancer this year.

Those two issues are the focus of nationwide awareness campaigns this month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The national campaigns include awareness ribbons – purple for domestic violence and pink for breast cancer.

Domestic violence is described as intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior.

Whitney Lozenski is the executive director of the Alliance Against Family Violence in Leavenworth.

She said the agency offers a 24-hour shelter and a 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence.

Lozenski said the agency offers advocacy services for court proceedings, protection orders and police responses. The agency also has support groups for victims and helps with case management.

The AAFV, founded in 1984, received 630 calls for police response advocacy in 2015, Lozenski said.

The agency received 1,458 crisis line calls last year, and 155 people were sheltered.

October also has been designated breast cancer awareness month.

It is estimated that one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Increased awareness and better screening techniques, including 3-D mammography, can result in earlier detection.

“3-D mammography is the industry standard,” said Sondra Fausett, radiology manager at St. Luke’s Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, breast cancer is the most common cancer among Kansas women.

According to the Kansas Cancer Registry and Office of Vital Statistics, about 2,000 Kansas women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, resulting in about 400 deaths.

“When breast cancer is diagnosed at an early, local stage, five-year survival rates are as high as 97 percent,” according to the KDHE.

Resources are available to help.

Contact the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault in Leavenworth at 913-682-9131.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233.

For more information about breast cancer, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation at www.nationalbreastcancer.org or the Kansas Cancer Registry at www.kumc.edu

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