October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to be observant of our loved ones who may have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
According to https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts , here are some important facts about breast cancer:
- This year, an estimated 43,550 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S., and it is the leading cause of cancer death for Latina women living in the U.S.
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2022, an estimated 2,710 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. and approximately 530 men will die from breast cancer.
- There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options. But, that still does not mean we stop raising awareness or pause any efforts to fight this cancer, which kills so many people a year.
Here are some different ways to raise awareness:
- Know what to detect/know the symptoms.
- Get checked and examined regularly.
- Wear PINKS to fight the cause.
- Share facts and statistics, and educate yourself and others about cancer screenings.
- Participate in a run or a walk.
It is important we work together as a community to make ourselves and each other aware of the dangers of breast cancer. Whether honoring a family member that has passed or is still here today, the more we know, the better off we will be in fighting the cause.