“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!” – National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
According to the National Cancer Institute:
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
- When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.
- Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.
Early detection of Breast Cancer is crucial. Make sure to perform monthly breast exams to detect changes or abnormalities such as a lump, nipple tenderness or discharge, or any change in appearance or texture of the breast or nipple. It is equally important to get a yearly breast exam from your doctor as well as a mammogram. And it should go without saying that a healthy lifestyle will help prevent breast cancer: eat fruits and vegetables, stay active, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and maintain a healthy weight. For more information on early detection of breast cancer, click here.
People all over the world show their support, promote awareness, and raise money for Breast Cancer in October. There are walks, people wear pink ribbons, buildings are lit in pink, and NFL players wear pink throughout the month. October has been dubbed Pinktober.
Find out how you can donate to Breast Cancer and/or participate in a Breast Cancer walk at http://www.komenmd.org