October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds and thousands of women each year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an estimate of 276,480 new cases will be diagnosed in American women in 2020 alone and on average, women are diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes. Every October, major breast cancer charities organize an international health campaign for breast cancer in an attempt to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause and treatment. This also enables the American people and others from all over the world to come together and support those who have been affected.
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 99%. It’s important to know that early detection means that you must perform monthly breast self-exams, regular clinic breast exams and mammograms. In addition to these tips, it’s also crucial that you reduce risk factors such as maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, maintaining a balanced diet, and limiting alcohol consumption.
Early detection through annual exams and mammograms can save lives. The many symptoms of breast cancer are invisible and unnoticeable without a professional screening but there are some symptoms that can be caught early. It is recommended that women between the ages of 50 to 74 are at average risk and should get a mammogram every 2 years while women between the ages of 40 to 49 should consult with their doctor about when to start. Lastly, women before the age of 50 should also weigh in the benefits of getting a mammogram early.
If you know someone who may be at risk or someone who has not gotten checked, communicate and set up an appointment with them. By having the knowledge and awareness of this matter, it will not only make a difference, but can save many lives.
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