Breast Cancer Awareness Month – What you need to know

Christina Meyer – Staff Writer

Aside from the usual hues of red, orange, and yellow, pink is another that accompanies the month of October. It is the color symbolizing breast cancer awareness month and can be seen everywhere from on clothing, the internet or on the football field.

Breast cancer is a leading killer of women in the US. According to the American Cancer Society, “Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year.

The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent).” Men can also get breast cancer, with 460 men dying each year according to the American Cancer Society.

With such high statistics, it can seem overwhelming in the fight against cancer. However, there are ways to prevent and treat breast cancer that are helping victims live longer and win the fight.

Often times, young women are busy and are more concerned with their schedules than their health. Breast cancer awareness month is here to remind them to take care of their bodies and become more informed.

One of the key ways to prevent breast cancer is to take part in a healthy lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic provides a list of actions to take including limiting alcohol intake and doses and duration of hormone therapy, controlling weight, quitting smoking, being physically active and avoiding exposure to radiation and pollution.

Aside from these methods, actively trying to detect breast cancer should be a part of a woman’s health routine. Self-breast exams and mammograms are common ways used to detect cancer. Keeping an eye out for unusual lumps can also help with early detection.

Want to get involved in the fight against breast cancer? There are various ways to help breast cancer patients. Donating to reputable cancer organizations is always a good start.

While some of them fund research for breast cancer, some also provide services to women in need. Other ways to help is to donate blankets, hats, and other items for cancer patients who get cold during their time in the hospital. Treatments can be long and tiring so these items can be useful.

The best form of help however is to provide those you know with breast cancer love and support. Love can be one of the best medicines during trying times.

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