October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Perhaps one of the most well-known medical awareness campaign there is, this one has not lost its purpose or pertinence. This month of disease awareness was created thirty-two years ago, mainly thanks to the perseverance of the American Academy of Family Physicians, AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, and CancerCare, Inc. These three groups were, as well, aided by various sponsors and supporters. Their work has since flourished and multiplied. The conglomerate of entities advocating for women’s health includes endless national charities, governmental organizations, and associations of medical professionals. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month can be abbreviated as NBCAM.
One in eight women, twelve and a half percent, will develop an invasive form of breast cancer at some point in her life. In fact, over 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, along with more than 60,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer, and around 2500 will be diagnosed in men. Thankfully, however, rates of incidence have decreased in recent years (since 2000, specifically). Medical science, in particular, has played a large hand in this. Scientists identified the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy, known as HRT, as a possible cause of breast cancer. This was discovered in a large study, known as the Women’s Health Initiative, published fifteen years ago. Since the study, fewer women have been using HRT, and as a result fewer have been falling victim to breast cancer. Despite our advancing technology, breast cancer is the most frequent cancer discovered in American women. Statistically, it will plague approximately thirty percent of women with new cancers.
So, one might ask, what exactly does this powerhouse of positivity do to bust the issues? Standing abreast of everyone of good conscience, the NBCAM advocates produce and promote titillating educational events and products- a surprising combination of entertainment and effectiveness. The executives rack their brains until they have the perfect mix- a well juggled presentation encouraging regular self-breast examinations, mammograms, and physician visits. Hopefully, together, we can all beat this scourge.