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To strengthen the ongoing awareness of the campaign and continue maximum support for raising funds for the cure events are often held through the entire month of October. Whether you’re wearing the iconic pink ribbon or passing it out to increase awareness, it has become synonymous with the fight against breast cancer. Activities such as sponsored walks, sports events, seminars, and free breast cancer screening days are offered during this month. Many famous buildings have also been illuminated in pink light to honor the campaign.
How common is breast cancer?
1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime
The CDC has stated that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women (aside from skin cancer), and second most common cause of death in women.
Males can also develop an invasive form of breast cancer; about 1 in 1,000 in a lifetime.
Best way to decrease and prevent is early detection exams, such as mammograms.
By the end of 2018 approximately 266,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer
Lowering your risk
Change your lifestyle by being active, not engaging in smoking or binge drinking, and maintaining healthy weight.
Early detection is key, by administering self-exams and scheduling a breast mammography. It is recommended that screening should start at the age of 40.
Have your doctor do a variety of tests that look for the amount of blood cells and proteins in your blood, as well as check for tumor markers or tumor cells that are floating in the bloodstream.
Ways to get involved
Volunteer to help your local community of current patients and survivors by providing support or assistance with everyday tasks.
Participate in the community fundraising efforts that go toward research. Examples can be breast cancer walks, relays, and or dinners.
Donate to charities that provide research and funding into the cure for breast cancer.