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By Staff | Sep 24, 2020

October is upon us.

One thing that happens each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women. The pink awareness ribbon was started by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

A pink ribbon is the most prominent symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons, which can be made inexpensively, are sometimes sold as fundraisers.

The pink ribbon is associated with individual generosity, faith in scientific progress, and a “can-do” attitude. It encourages consumers to focus on the emotionally appealing ultimate vision of a cure for breast cancer, rather than on the fraught path between current knowledge and any future cures.

October’s designation as awareness month offers an opportunity to again rally together to raise awareness and offer support to families struggling to fight against a breast cancer diagnosis. With information, testing and adequate resources, we can combat this terrible disease and reduce its impact. The American Cancer Society projects there will be almost 253,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women this year. In total, breast cancer will claim the lives of more than 40,000 women in 2018. Women aren’t the only ones to get breast cancer– men are diagnosed with it, too. In fact, in 2018, about 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease.

Many discover signs of breast cancer through self-testing. Self-exams are a critical tool in the fight against breast cancer, which becomes more likely with age. Early prevention can help minimize the chance of the cancer spreading, making it easier to treat and cure. Schedule a yearly check-up with your doctor to maintain proper health; depending on your doctor’s recommendation, schedule a breast exam or mammography.

One in eight women in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year, over 200,000 women are diagnosed and more than 40,000 don’t survive.

Although breast cancer is prevalent in women who are 50 years of age or older, younger women are also exposed to it. About 10 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

When you find out someone you love has cancer of any kind, the news can be devastating. By taking time this October to recognize the challenges of breast cancer and advocate for proactive treatment, we will focus our efforts on combating a disease that impacts families.

In spite of the terrible statistics, breast cancer patients can become breast cancer survivors by changing the public mindset through education and improving awareness about the disease, timely screening tests for early diagnosis and better treatment options.