October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease as well as educate people on what they can do to help themselves prevent breast cancer.
So, how common is breast cancer?
Statistics show about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many don’t always take the necessary steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer.
To help increase awareness for this disease, today we bring you a round up on blog posts to help you learn more about breast cancer.
Prevent Breast Cancer Risk: What You Need to Know
10 Essential Facts About Breast Cancer: As scary as the word cancer can be, learning about the disease can be extremely empowering. When we learn the facts, we realize it may not be so scary after all especially because there are many things we can do to help prevent breast cancer. Educate yourself about the facts here.
Prevent Breast Cancer: Six Ways To Lower Breast Cancer Risk: Breast cancer can happen to any one of us, however, we aren’t completely powerless over it. We can try to prevent breast cancer by taking better care of ourselves. Read about six ways you can lower your risk of getting breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Revised: The American Cancer Society has updated its recommendations for breast cancer screening for women at average risk of the disease. The recommendations strongly support the value of mammograms as well as provide some further direction for women at both ends of the age spectrum. Find out more about the key updates to the guidelines here.
How to Do Breast Self-Exams: Breast self-exams can help detect breast cancer. Dr. Magdalena Lombardi Plasilova, director of breast health services at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, recommends women should do self-exams about seven to 10 days from the beginning of their menstrual cycle, or about the same time each month if they no longer have periods. Learn how to do a breast self-exam here.
Beating Breast Cancer with Coverage, Prevention, and Precision Medicine: This post shares the story of Laura Holmes Haddad, an author, a mother, and a stage four breast cancer survivor. Laura’s success story shows us how we can make sure millions more share in this triumph. Learn more about her story here.
‘It saved my life’: Hunt for pink socks leads mom to detect breast cancer: This story is about how a pair of pink socks prompted Amy Seventko, a breast cancer survivor, to do an impromptu breast self-exam. Today she’s cancer-free, feeling well, and thankful for the pink sock incident. Read her full story here.
It’s important to educate yourself about breast cancer and understand your risk of getting this disease. Knowing what you can do as well as visiting your doctor regularly to monitor your breast health can help lower your breast cancer risk.