One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. While men are often overlooked, there are men who also get breast cancer and die from it. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an important time to raise awareness and funds as well as celebrate survivors and offer support.
There are several worldwide events that take place in October in order to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Hospitals and clinics often offer free breast exams during October, and some women use the awareness month as a reminder to get their examination.
There are several risk factors involved with breast cancer, many of which cannot be changed such as age, race and family history. Avoidable risks include poor diet, drinking alcohol, radiation to the chest and lack of physical activity. Breast cancer is NOT caused by wearing underwire bras, caffeine, plastic food serving items, cell phones or antiperspirants.
The best way to fight breast cancer is through early detection. Regular medical exams combined with self-exams can help detect any early changes. When breast cancer is detected in an early, localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 98%. You can create your own early detection plan by visiting www.earlydetectionplan.org. The app is also available at the App Store and Google Play.