As many people know, the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. People all over the world take the time throughout the month of October to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second most-common cancer overall. It has affected many women and families in the U.S alone. This month honors the families, friends, loved ones and survivors, and current fighters of breast cancer. Listed below are some helpful facts to inform you about breast cancer.
- Breast cancer starts within the tissues of your breasts, which spreads out as far as your underarm.
- Some risk factors include: age, gender, ethnicity, family history, alcohol use and obesity.
- Today about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Men are not immune to the cancer.
- The risk of a man developing breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
- The majority of breast cancer cases are “sporadic” meaning there is no direct family history.
- Every person should know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and at any time should call their doctor right away if they experience any. Some examples of signs or symptoms would be “change in appearance or color, clear or bloody discharge, irritation or itchiness.”
- By performing monthly at-home breast self-exams, you will be able to identify any changes that can alert you to the possibility of breast cancer.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce your risk factors for breast cancer and other illnesses.
Many people all over like to get involved, here are some ideas that others have come up with, you can look into local events or look online for more information:
- There are many foundations set up all throughout the country for men and women who have breast cancer, to provide help and inspire those affected through early detection, education and support services.
- Breast Cancer walks and events
- Wearing pink during the month of October
Making a donation can help save lives and fight breast cancer