October traditionally marks the beginning of Fall: crisp air, bonfires, leaves changing, and the world changing to a shade of orange. You may also notice another color taking over each October-Pink. This color is representative of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place every October. This month symbolizes a time in which there is an extra emphasis on raising awareness for breast cancer. Throughout the month, those from all walks of life can be united in the awareness-raising efforts for breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Defined
Breast Cancer is an illness in which cancerous, or malignant, cells form in the breast. These cells begin by growing and taking over healthy cells in the breast before eventually invading other areas of the body. The cells are able to invade by entering blood vessels or lymph nodes. When this occurs and the cancer cells start damaging other tissues, this process is referred to as metastasis.
Statistics Regarding Breast Cancer
Every two minutes a woman in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one in eight women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. In fact, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. While these are troubling statistics, there is hope: there are more than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Why Raising Awareness is Important
It is through efforts such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month that give hope and resources to those affected by the disease and their families. Breast cancer affects more than just the women who are diagnosed. It can affect families, friends, acquaintances, and more. By raising awareness, this promotes the importance and understanding of early detection and symptoms. Early detection is a way for individuals to be proactive about breast health.
Ways to Detect Breast Cancer Early
Mammograms are the most common way to detect the disease. This is essentially an x-ray of the breast. Doctors perform this and it is recommended women begin getting the procedure when they turn 40 years old. Another way for early detection is through senior care providers, including home health. They can provide free exams to the patients they work with. Finally, women are always encouraged to do regular self-exams.
By educating and increasing the knowledge among the public, Breast Cancer Awareness is just another way women with breast cancer, survivors of the disease, and everyone else can stand up for the cause.
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