Traditionally, October is the month of spooky celebrations, changing leaves, and the time to take out the winter coats. However, many still don’t know that October marks breast cancer awareness – A time for hope, learning, pink ribbons, and spreading the word.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women as well as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and although there isn’t a cure yet, experts cannot emphasize prevention and early detection enough.
There are many risk factors for breast cancer, and some of those factors you cannot change, like your genetic makeup or getting older, but there are risk factors that are avoidable:
- Physical Inactivity
- Poor Diet
- Alcohol consumption
What else can you do? Make sure you give yourself a monthly breast exam. If you’re older than 40, get a mammogram every year. Early detection can make all the difference; when localized-stage breast cancer is detected early, the 5 year survival rate is 98%. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has created a free Early Detection Plan to help you keep track of yearly mammograms, monthly self breast exams, and clinical exams.
If you’d like to help fight breast cancer even further, donate, participate in a walk, or purchase breast cancer brand merchandise. The fight against breast cancer will become one step closer to finding a cure; every little bit of support goes such a long way.