Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a worldwide annual campaign to increase awareness and to promote regular screening and early detection of breast cancer.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting American women, with 1 in 8 receiving the diagnosis of breast cancer during one’s lifetime.
Early detection provides the best chance of successful treatment and cure. Over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors are alive today thanks to advances in screening, detection and treatment.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year in the United States. Once diagnosed, coping with this condition can be overwhelming and frightening for those who suffer from it, as well as their families and loved ones. This month, we wanted to share educational and health resources, as well as local charity events and ways to contribute in the community in support of those fighting this chronic illness.
When first diagnosed with Breast Cancer, the information and treatment options can be overwhelming. The CDC also shares a helpful educational guide on cancer symptoms and diagnosis. Don't forget to touch, look and check.
More than a third of women don’t check their breasts. We’re here to help you remember. What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer can start in one or both breasts. It occurs when cells begin to grow out of control Both men and women can get breast cancer.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer:
Lump or mass
Swelling of any part of the breast
Nipple changes (discharge, red skin, and more)
Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or near the collar bone
Some risk factors for breast cancer include:
Inherited gene mutations
Age (risk increases as you get older)
Race and ethnicity
Having dense breast tissue
There are also lifestyle-related behaviors that can contribute to your overall risk like drinking alcohol, experiencing obesity, not being physically active, and more.