October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How are you partaking?
This month, you’ll be seeing pink everywhere you turn. October is dedicated to serving as the month to inspire people to get involved with breast cancer awareness. Along with wearing pink, people are working hard to raising the awareness of this disease is new and elaborate ways. If you’d like to participate in this month, here are a few simple starting points!
There are plenty of resources out there that describe what breast cancer is, how it is formed, and the common risks. Unfortunately, one out of eight women in the United States will have invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and each year, around 40,000 women die from it. Knowledge is power when it comes to breast cancer, so ensure that you know the ins and outs of the disease.
Medical screenings are designed to detect the early stages of cancer, which can go a long way for successful treatments and early action. 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!
Share on social media.
The Department of Health and Human Services has some Tweet suggestions here. Send your female friends and family e-cards to remind them to ask their doctor about mammograms.
Create a fundraiser or partake in a local event to raise money and awareness for other women. Stuck on how to get started? You can host an event, an online fundraiser, race, or become a brand ambassador! Find a creative way for you to get involved this month, and have fun doing so!
You can do your part for October’s Awareness Month by alerting others of the tips, booking your screening, and taking care of your health.