Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Posted by Century Support Services on Oct 01, 2021
According to Breastcancer.org, as many as one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point during her life. If not caught early and treated effectively, breast cancer can be fatal. For this reason, it is important to raise awareness of the risks of breast cancer, as well as the steps women can take to protect themselves.
In order to spread breast cancer awareness, October has been designated as "Breast Cancer Awareness Month."
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer can affect anyone, but some people may be at a higher risk of developing this condition. For example, smoking may raise your risk of breast cancer. In addition, some people may have hereditary genetic factors that make them more likely to get this type of cancer.
Symptoms of breast cancer vary but may include a lump in the breast, inverted nipple, and changes to the skin on the breast. In the early stages, however, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms. Breast cancer is most treatable at its earlier stages, so regular mammograms are recommended for women after they reach a certain age. The age at which mammograms should begin will depend on the woman’s individual risk factors.
About Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month was first established in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and AstraZeneca. The purpose of this annual event was to not only bring awareness to breast cancer, but also to promote the use of mammograms to offer early detection. In addition, Breast Cancer Awareness Month also aims to raise money for breast cancer research.
During the month of October, you may have access to a number of events that promote breast cancer awareness. Different organizations may schedule educational sessions, breast cancer screening promotions, media events, and more. Some organizations may also schedule events designed to provide support to families that have already been affected by breast cancer.
How to Observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month
There are several steps you can take to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some examples include:
- Attending an educational session to gain more knowledge about breast cancer symptoms, screening, diagnosis and treatment.
- Talking to family and friends about breast cancer awareness.
- Donating to an organization that supports breast cancer research (within your financial means).
- Scheduling a breast cancer screening, such as a doctor appointment or a mammogram.
Breast cancer is a serious disease that impacts millions of families every year, leading to expensive treatments and loss of life. Observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the best ways to help combat this disease and spread awareness.
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