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.
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.
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).
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 .
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.
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
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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Susan G. Komen Foundation