October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October heralds the beginning of fall, but pumpkins aren’t the only thing to think about this month. October is dedicated to being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is an important time to remember the impact that breast cancer has upon us all. Man or woman, young or old, breast cancer is something that impacts us all in varying degrees.
To help you stand a stand this month is millions of others in the fight against breast cancer, here are some ways in which you can show your support.
Did you know that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives? All women are at risk of this disease, although the risk is higher for those with a family history of breast cancer in a first-degree relative, such as a mother, sister or daughter. This month, take the time to learn about breast cancer. Know the risks, the culprits, and what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones. Knowledge is power in the fight against cancer.
Commit to Early Detection
Women are encouraged to perform breast self-exams once a month to detect any changes, whereas clinical breast exams are suggested every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women over 40. Similarly, women over 40 should be receiving mammograms annually, where digital technology can detect tumorous cells before they can be felt. This October, set up an early detection plan and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
Many breast cancer organizations depend on the time, talents, and donations of volunteers to provide education, support, and outreach to breast cancer patients, survivors, and others. If you’ve got time or money to spare, consider giving to charities that are leading the way on fighting cancer. Whether you can share cancer-preventing tips on Facebook or fundraise for your local charity, get involved this month!