October brings National Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time to focus on the real and imminent threat that breast cancer poses to survivors, people fighting breast cancer, their families, and women in general. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, besides skin cancer, in the United States today. Most people are painfully aware of the awful disease but often forget the important steps that should be taken in order to detect and treat it in the early stages.
Some of the symptoms of breast cancer can include a new or forming lump and changes in your breast’s skin and texture. A good rule of thumb is that if you find something that concerns you or is a new development you should get it checked out by a medical professional. You should also be doing monthly self exams to check your breast and underarm area for any abnormalities. This is the best way to ensure catching anything that might be forming before it gets too out of hand.
When detected early on and if it is still in the localized stage there is a five year survival rate of one hundred percent. This is a huge chance for a lot of women who would otherwise not survive this fight with breast cancer. It is so important to take the necessary precautions and to ensure that you know the health and well-being of your own breast tissue.
You can get involved in National Breast Cancer Awareness month by simply telling your friends and family about the importance of self examination and early detection. You can also hold fundraisers and community events in order to raise money and awareness of this deadly disease. Breast cancer affects everyone which means we should all do our part to protect ourselves and the ones we love.