This Saturday is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which runs through the entire month of October. Many people wonder every year how to get involved with the fight to raise awareness about breast cancer and put an end to the disease, which is expected to kill over 40,000 women in 2017 alone.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in women in the United States, accounting for almost 30% of all new cases of cancer in women. Breast cancer also has the highest death rate of any other form of cancer in women. Unlike other forms of cancer that are the result of heredity or exposure to carcinogens, 85% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. In fact, the top two risk factors for breast cancer are simply gender- being a woman- and getting older. Though, it is worth noting that men aren’t exempt from the risk of breast cancer; 1 in 1000 men will develop breast cancer in his lifetime. Men are also more likely to go undiagnosed.
Breast cancer can be diagnosed early, which is why mammograms are such an important part of a woman’s health care regimen. Breast cancer awareness isn’t just about educating men and women on the risk factors; awareness is also about encouraging women to get mammograms, especially after the age of 50.
Below are some ways you can get involved in the fight to end breast cancer and raise awareness of the risk factors.
- Show your support
- Shop for a cause
- Walk for a cause
- Donate your time
- Donate your money
- Get a great deal
- Learn (& share) facts