Summer has ended, autumn is here, and October is upon us!
What October is best known for, except Halloween, is raising breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the US, but early detection is the best prevention and can save thousands of lives!
We take this month to talk about breast cancer and highlight the importance of regular check-ups!
So, what does breast cancer awareness really mean?
Breast cancer awareness is the effort to reduce the stigma and raise awareness surrounding breast cancer. The aim is to provide women with knowledge and tools that could lead to earlier detection and higher long-term survival rates. Along with that, there is hope that the donations received will help further research and help produce a permanent, reliable cure.
“In reality, about 1 in 8 women in the United States — 12%, or about 12 out of every 100 — can expect to develop breast cancer over the course of an entire lifetime.” - Breast Cancer org.
These statistics are not meant to scare you but serve as a reminder that breast cancer is a real threat affecting many women (and men!) around the world. That is why doing a regular self-exam is so important. It takes just a few minutes, and can make a huge difference in the lives of you and your loved ones.
8 out of 10 lumps found onbreasts are not cancerous but it’s important to get to know your body in order to notice anything unusual. That’s why it’s recommended you complete a self-exams as part of your monthly routine.
If you haven’t been doing it lately (or at all), why not start now?
This October, take the time to take care of yourself and do this self-exam method. Share it with your mother, sister, best friend or any other woman in your life! Let’s do our part in spreading awareness and enhancing survival rates through a timely intervention!
Breast Cancer 2018, link