Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Quick Facts

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Think About Pink

 

In this entry to our blog, we’re taking a break from air conditioning to mention an important subject: breast cancer. October isn’t all about Halloween after all; it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 

We want to mention that Super Heat and Air is an air conditioning company and we’re NOT doctors or medical professionals. But here we’re just doing our part to help spread breast cancer awareness. And all of the information on this post was pulled from credible online sources that will be provided at the end of this post.

 

Now that we got the disclaimer out of the way, here are some facts you should know about breast cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness month:

 

Think about Pink

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed every October to spread knowledge about the disease. Pink ribbons are the universal symbol for breast cancer awareness. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the “pink movement” keeps growing annually.

 

The Most Common Form of Cancer

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. And it’s the most common form of cancer among American women other than skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women  in the United Staes will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

 

Get Checked

Having regular mammograms can help lower your risk of dying from breast cancer by catching it before it spreads. Mammograms can be done at low costs or free of charge. And the Center for Disease Control offers them free or at a low cost if you qualify. (Link provided at the bottom of this post).

 

There is Hope

Breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. There are currently more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. And death rates from breast cancer have been dropping steadily since around 1989 thanks to increased awareness. Early diagnosis of breast cancer can prevent you from succumbing to the disease .

 

It Can Happen To Anyone

A family history of breast cancer increases the risk factor of getting the disease. But there doesn’t have to be a family history to develop it. Breast cancer can affect anyone regardless of nationality, race, gender, religion or social status. And men can also get breast cancer, but it’s estimated that less than 1% of its victims are males.

Breast cancer usually affects women over the age of 50. But around 10% of new cases of the disease in the United States are found in women younger than 45. Breast cancer has symptoms such as lumps in your breasts, changes in size or shape of your breasts and nipple discharge among other symptoms. However, it could also have no symptoms at all.

 

A healthy lifestyle decreases your risk of getting breast cancer. Eating healthy foods, reducing alcohol consumption and exercising regularly can decrease the chances of you being affected.

 

To find out more about breast cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, click on the links provided below:

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Resources

 

CDC Breast Cancer Awareness https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/breastcancerawareness/

 

CDC Cancer Screenings: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm

 

Medical Daily Breast Cancer Awareness Facts

http://www.medicaldaily.com/breast-cancer-awareness-2016-10-facts-you-should-know-about-disease-399801

 

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/6-things-you-dont-know-about-breast-cancer

 

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Awareness Month

http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/what-you-need-know-about-breast-cancer-awareness-month

 

Susan G. Komen Foundation

http://ww5.komen.org/

 

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