However, it is important to remember the significant of breast cancer not only in October but everyday of the year. In the U.S., 1/8 or 12% of women are estimated to develop breast cancer. It is the also the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, with over 39,000 women dying every year.
For all women, and especially those who are at higher risk, it is important to screen for breast cancer. Early detection is one of the best ways to combat cancer. Women 50-79 should have a mammogram every two years. If you are younger with a family history, consult your doctor on the best time you should start having a mammogram. Clinical and self breast exams can also detect suspicious lumps. If you don't like the feel of something you find, get examined!
Today, there are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in America. With all the money and research going in to the cause, hopefully we will continue to see the number of survivors increase and the diagnosis and death rates fall. How will YOU support breast cancer awareness? Don't forget your pink this month!
For more information on Breast Cancer:
Ways to get involved:
- Many stores are now giving the option to donate when you make a purchase at the register
- Walks are being held all around the country:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Schedule
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk
Walk with Avon
- If you would like to donate directly to any organization, simply type "Breast Cancer donation" into Google and choose an organization that you like. Remember to do your homework, as some companies take advantage of the charitable implication of the pink ribbon. Read more here.