Every October we focus on Breast Cancer Awareness; a crippling disease that takes the lives of millions around the globe. Thus, it is important for us to highlight a number of things: what are the signs—are there any? What you can do to fight breast cancer and more—via web.
N.B, breast cancer is more common in older women. Does that mean that you should ignore this article? Of course not! Find out how you can help family members, friends, even strangers and possibly yourself in the future.
What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
What Are the Symptoms?
There are different symptoms of breast cancer, and some people have no symptoms at all. Symptoms can include any change in the size or the shape of the breast, pain in any area of the breast, nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood), and a new lump in the breast or underarm. If you have any signs that worry you, see your doctor right away.
How Can I Lower My Risk?
The main factors that influence your risk for breast cancer include being a woman, being older (most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older), and having changes in your breast cancer genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2). Most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families. There are things you can do to can help lower your breast cancer risk. The Know:BRCA tool can help you assess your risk of having changes in your BRCA genes.
Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help DETECT breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.
Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too
Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awarenesswas in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.
How can I help?
Register for walk or run; donate.
-Whether you’re participating as part of a team or going solo, you can raise money for the cause by finding sponsors and paying your entry fee. All funding from these events goes directly to breast cancer research, screenings and awareness advocacy. Now that’s something worth running for.
-Time is money, so donate your time. Awareness campaigns, free screening outlets, fundraising events — the list goes on. You can help out in a group setting by volunteering for one of the Breast Cancer Campaigns’s many opportunities, or if you’re feeling ambitious, set up your own event to help fundraise for breast cancer awareness. The National Breast Foundation, Inc. offers an awesome online tool for setting up your own ticketed events.
Purchase Some Pink
Purchasing BCA pink products does two great things for the cause. First, it obviously helps raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Second, it helps spread the word about BCA month. I say yes to both those things. (Also, don’t think it stops at pink clothing — BCA products range from nail stickers to perfume.)
Make a Monetary Donation
You may not be able to donate a million dollars. You might not even be able to donate $100 — but that’s OK, because every dollar counts, even if it’s only just one. Imagine what could be done with that kind of funding. So again, every dollar and cent counts when it comes to finding a cure.
Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.