October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo Courtesy of Shardayyy

Photo Courtesy of Shardayyy

 

Scottsdale, AZ – October 23, 2014

 

Millions across America are wearing pink, posting pink ribbons and displaying pink in other creative ways throughout the month of October, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women and the second most common cancer overall. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is more than just wearing ribbons; it’s a time to generate awareness about breast cancer, encouraging women to get breast cancer screenings and getting involved in your local area to help support the cause.

 

Both women and men can get breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most current data (2011) shows that 220,097 women and 2,078 were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. (1).

 

According to Komen.org (http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactsandStatistics.html) 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and in 2012, 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed.

 

Some factors that increase your risk for breast cancer:

 

  • Family history of breast cancer.
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Drinking alcohol.
  • Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES).
  • Night shift work.

 

It is recommended that women get a mammogram every year starting at age 40.,  If you have any of the risk factors, you should consult your doctor to see if you need to start mammography screenings earlier than age 40.

 

How You Can Get Involved

You can stay informed by visiting http://ww5.komen.org/ and learning more about breast cancer and getting support, if you’re diagnosed with breast cancer. You can also participate in local breast cancer awareness events in your area. Komen Race For The Cure® events are held in almost all major cities. There are fund raising events, opportunities to volunteer your time and become an advocate. Take time this month to get your mammogram screening, and remind friends and family to get their screenings, and help spread awareness about breast cancer.

 

 

 

Resources:

(1) http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm

http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2007/pr180.html

http://ww5.komen.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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