No matter who you are, breast cancer may touch your life in some way. Every October, people across the world share their message and support to anyone fighting breast cancer. Sports teams pull out their pink jerseys or gloves, first responders wear pink badges, and people join together to walk for the fight in all their pink gear. However, it should not just be talked about one month out of the year. We will go over why it’s important, fast facts, how you can help, and the importance of keeping up with routine testing and check ups.
Why It Matters
Breast Cancer Awareness month is a time for people to learn more about the men and women who have been affected by breast cancer, support where they can, and learn more about the risks and symptoms of breast cancer. Special events are held throughout the month, including fundraising events where the funds go to breast cancer research. October is a month of action.
Need some more facts on breast cancer?
- Black women in the U.S. are about 40% more likely to be affected from breast cancer than white women
- About 288,000 women get breast cancer every year
- Men can also get breast cancer
- Breast cancers that are usually found in women 50 years or older, can affect young women
- It is one of the most common cancers among American women
- There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States
- On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States
What Are the Symptoms?
There are many different symptoms of breast cancer. Here is a list of the most noted ones as stated by the CDC:
- New lump in the breast or underarm
- Swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast
- Pain in any area of the breast
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
How Can I Lower My Risk?
There are a few things you can do to help lower your risk of breast cancer.
- Schedule your routine mammogram (women 50 to 74) or breast exam (starting at age 20)
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain healthy weight
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation
- Know the risks of hormone therapy and birth control
- If the genes run in your family, talk to your doctor about risks and prevention
If you want to help during Breast Cancer Awareness month, there are quite a few things you can do. You can join in on a clinical study, raise money and participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, educate yourself and others about why screenings matter, or create your own fundraiser.
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